Business owner Hunter Burns pleaded guilty for himself and for his business to a charge of filing a false claim against a federally funded project.
Burns admitted this morning in federal court in Great Falls to filing a false claim on work on the Rocky Boy's/North Central Montana Regional Water System project, which the prosecution says was used to benefit others charged in the indictments, including Burns' former partner in his construction company, James Howard Eastlick Jr ., and Chippewa Cree Construction Corp. CEO and contracting officer Tony Belcourt and his wife, Hailey Belcourt.
Tony Belcourt is scheduled to plead guilty in two cases this afternoon, and Hailey Belcourt is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled a sentencing hearing for Burns and his company, Burns Construction LLC, for July 10.
Burns was released on conditions previously set pending the sentencing hearing.