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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pine Ridge Woman Sentenced For Stealing Money Orders

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, woman convicted of Larceny was sentenced on April 18, 2014, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy.

Bennita Feather Earring, age 48, was sentenced to time served, 1 year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $25 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $1500 in restitution.  

In March 2012, at Pine Ridge, Feather Earring and another person took three money orders belonging to someone else, arranged to have them cashed, and kept part of the money for herself. 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Collins prosecuted the case.   

Updated June 22, 2015