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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pine Ridge Woman Indicted For Theft

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft of Government Property.

Bonita Ghost Dog, age 54, was indicted on January 21, 2015.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy on January 29, 2015, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.  

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims’ Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment charges that between May 2006 and September 2013, at Pine Ridge, Ghost Dog sold items belonging to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Distribution Program, and kept the money for her personal gain.

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

The investigation was conducted by the U.S  Department of Agriculture.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Patterson is prosecuting the case.   Ghost Dog was released pending trial.   A trial date has not been set.    

Updated June 22, 2015