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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Nebraska Woman Indicted for False Statement

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Walthill, Nebraska, woman was charged in federal district court with False Statement.

Wehnona Stabler, age 59, was charged on June 20, 2017. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on July 21, 2017, and pleaded not guilty to the charge. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 5 years of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to Stabler making a false statement in January 2014 on a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report while an employee of Indian Health Service (IHS) at Pine Ridge, related to a $5,000 payment she received from Dr. Stanley Patrick Weber. Weber is currently under indictment for multiple counts of sex abuse with minors arising when he was a pediatrician at IHS Pine Ridge.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Office of Inspector General, Health and Human Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins is prosecuting the case.

Stabler was released pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

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Updated July 26, 2017