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United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Totten, North Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury in North Dakota for Making False Statements to Federal Agency.
LaRon Greywater, age 44, was indicted on September 5, 2018. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal on September 10, 2018, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
Greywater faces up to 15 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that Greywater, a former Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer, was on duty and driving in a BIA vehicle on September 20, 2017. She failed to stop at a stop sign and yield the right of way to other traffic at an intersection on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. A collision occurred and she allegedly made false representations about the brakes on her vehicle malfunctioning which caused the wreck.
The charges are merely accusations and Greywater is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Internal Affairs Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Maher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States Attorney General and United States Attorney Ron Parsons. Greywater was released on pretrial conditions pending trial. A jury trial date has not been set yet.