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Trial pushed back in Chippewa Cree theft case


October 22, 2013

HELENA — A judge has set a Feb. 3 trial date for five people charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus aid from the Chippewa Cree Tribe.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered the new trial date Thursday after federal prosecutors arraigned the defendants earlier this month on a new indictment charging embezzlement, theft and bribery.

The trial originally had been set for Nov. 12, but Christensen pushed it back due to the new charges and the complexity of the case.

Former state Rep. Tony Belcourt, his wife, Hailey, and three others are accused of diverting some of the federal funding the tribe received in 2009 and 2010 for construction of a water pipeline to the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation.


Reader Comments

snickers2013 writes:

Yeah and DR EASTLICK's DAD. How did these non tribals get ahold of tribal money when I can't even get a gas order. It blows my mind how these things can happen right in our own tribal finance office.

Grumpy writes:

I agree, put all the names and charges out there for all to see, it was our money that was stolen. Prosecute with jail time also, none of this suspended or deferred nonesense the courts are famous for.

medtran writes:

Why not mention the OTHER THREE also? Seems like you only mention the CC members in your articles but fail to mention Dr. Eastlick, his daughter and son-in-law. Come on now, be fair.


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