U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Loren "Rocky" Fallis, age 58, of Ft. Thompson, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on April 30, 2012, and pled guilty to Count I of an indictment that charged him with Misprision of Felony. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 3 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine or both.
The conviction stems from an incident where Fallis, when specifically asked by Office of Inspector General agents about a meeting on October 21, 2008, where a contractor divided up $5000 cash between several member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council, lied to the officials. Fallis denied knowledge of the meeting, denied being present at the meeting, and denied witnessing or receiving money from the contractor to himself or others. He also denied knowing about any instances of the contractor giving money to members of the tribal council.
The investigation was conducted by the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges.
A presentence investigation was ordered, and a sentencing date was set for July 18, 2012. The defendant was released on bond pending sentencing.