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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 25, 2022

Lower Brule Woman Charged with Aiding and Abetting Larceny

United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aiding and Abetting Larceny.

Stacey Flute, age 32, was indicted in May of 2022.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 22, 2022, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment. 

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to five years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.  

LaRoche was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 11, 2022. 

The Indictment alleges that between March 1, 2018, and May 1, 2018, at Lower Brule, Flute did unlawfully take and carry away with intent to steal and purloin the personal property of another, and did aid and abet in the same.  The Indictment further alleges that the property in question had a value in excess of $1,000. 

The charge is merely an accusation and Flute is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Justice Services, Lower Brule Agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley prosecuted the case.

Flute was detained pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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Indian Country Law and Justice
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Updated August 25, 2022