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Rocky Boy woman pleads guilty in tribal corruption case


January 8, 2018

GREAT FALLS (AP) — A Rocky Boy woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Chippewa Cree Tribe’s construction company.

Georgie Elaine Russell, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal grants and making false statements about federal funding. The plea agreement calls for her to pay over $61,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors alleged Russell embezzled from the Chippewa Cree Construction, where she worked, and from another company. She also overstated the construction corporation’s cash-on-hand by more than $1 million in 2012 and 2013.


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