United States Attorney's Office Activity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2011

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY DISTRICT OF WYOMING

Christopher A. Crofts
United States Attorney

CONTACT: John R. Powell United States Attorney Spokesman PHONE: 307-772-2124

United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming Christopher A. Crofts announced today that Amanda Addison Ortiz, former Northern Arapaho Department of Social Services payroll technician, was convicted in federal district court after trial by a jury on July 13, 2011, on one count of embezzling or converting monies from an organization receiving federal funds and aiding and abetting. Her sentence date has not been set.

On the third day of trial, the court ordered the remaining co-defendant, Melody St. Clair, former Northern Arapaho Department of Social Services finance administrator, severed and declared a mistrial as to St. Clair because her defense counsel realized he had previously represented a government witness. St. Clair will be re-tried on all charges on an as yet undetermined date.

Co-defendant, George Moss, former executive director for the Northern Arapaho Department of Social Services on the Wind River Reservation, pleaded guilty on June 30, 2011, to embezzling or converting monies from an organization receiving federal funds and aiding and abetting. His sentencing has not been set.

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