The first of several sets of people accused of embezzling and defrauding the federal government of funds allocated to Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Great Falls.
Garcia Duran, a supply technician at the Health Board at Rocky Boy at the time, pleaded guilty in federal court in Great Falls Dec. 10 to a charge of theft from a health care facility stemming from accusations he purchased goods and services for his personal use and billed the Health Board between August 2009 and February 2010. A charge of theft from an Indian tribal organization was dismissed.
Judge Brian Morris sentenced Duran to three years of probation and ordered him to pay $7,674.43 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.
The indictment was the result of an investigation of the the Guardians Project, a U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana-spearheaded collaboration to investigate fraud and embezzlement in Indian Country in Montana.
A string of cases against others accused of embezzlement and fraud at Rocky Boy still are pending.