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North Dakota Woman Charged With Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Mandan, North Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds.

Dawn Muir, age 52, was indicted on January 15, 2014.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on January 17, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody 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 Indictment alleges that between February 2, 2011, and December 31, 2013, Muir, being an agent of the Pretty Bird Woman House, knowingly and intentionally embezzled, stole, obtained by fraud, as well as intentionally misapplied property worth at least $5,000 which was owned by the Pretty Bird Woman House.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Muir was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015