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Man pleads guilty to stealing money from Fort Peck Tribe

Posted at 9:00 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 16:42:11-04

A Fort Peck man who is accused of stealing money from a youth program has changed his plea in federal court.

Willard Wilson White III pleaded guilty to wire fraud and income tax evasion Monday.

He will have to pay $40,000 in restitution to the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes.

Court documents state the money was intended to start a Youth Diversion Program. Instead, White used the money at casinos, restaurants, bars, a strip club, and furniture stores.

In 2015, White owed more federal income tax than was declared, according to court documents.

He will have to pay the IRS $18,050 in restitution.

Per a plea agreement, the theft from an Indian tribal organization charge will be dismissed at sentencing, which was set for September 25.

Story by Margaret DeMarco, MTN News