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5 accused of diverting stimulus money from Rocky Boy

GREAT FALLS — A Chippewa Cree tribal leader, a former state lawmaker and three others used a fake billing system and a shell company to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus aid meant for the Montana tribe, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

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Chippewa Cree tribal leader John "Chance" Houle, left, walks out of U.S. District Court in Great Falls after being arraigned on Tuesday. Houle and four others are accused of diverting federal stimulus funds.

The Chippewa Cree Tribe received $33 million in federal funding between 2009 and 2010 for construction of a $3...

 

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