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Pierre Woman Charged With Theft From An Indian Tribal Organization

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

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pierre, South Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft From an Indian Tribal Organization.

Ravae Bowman, age 40, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2013. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on June 27, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody, a $250,000 fine, or both; 3 years of supervised release; and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The charge relates to an alleged embezzlement in October 2012 from a Subway store in Eagle Butte when Bowman was the manager. The Subway store is an entity of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

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

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikal Hanson is prosecuting the case. Bowman was released to a third party custodian pending trial.

A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015