Eastlick enters plea deal in Rocky Boy embezzlement case
March 20, 2014
Eastlick enters plea deal in Rocky Boy embezzlement charges
by Tim Leeds
A Havre man has agreed to plead guilty in a deal on two cases alleging he committed fraud and embezzlement at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.
James Howard Eastlick Jr. has reached a plea agreement with the federal prosecutors that will involve a plea in one of two cases alleging he and others defrauded the government and stole federal funds allocated for projects at Rocky Boy.
His co-defendants include former state Rep. Tony Belcourt, D-Box Elder, also a former Chippewa Cree Tribe council member and CEO of the Chippewa Cree Construction Corp. when the alleged embezzlement took place.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris vacated the trial set for April 15 and scheduled a change-of-plea hearing for Eastlick on May 1.
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