United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Clark man, charged with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, was sentenced on April 30, 2012, by United States District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Daniel T. Weber, age 60, was sentenced to 18 months of probation, with 6 months of home confinement, $12,252 in restitution to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a $2000 fine, and a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund.
Weber was indicted, with six others, for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Making False Statements to a Federal Agency by a federal grand jury on November 9, 2010. The conviction relates to Daniel T. Weber and others falsely conspiring to obtain grazing privileges from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to pasture non-Indian owned cattle on tribally owned grazing range units. The conspirators did this by falsely claiming that Weber’s cattle were owned by Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members. This scheme allowed Weber and his co-conspirators to avoid paying the $6 per head, per month, Cheyenne River Sioux fee, thereby defrauding the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of approximately $12,252. Weber pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud on November 8, 2011.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Mikal Hanson prosecuted the case.