Law360 (March 26, 2020, 7:05 PM EDT) -- A former tribal chairman has pled guilty to embezzlement charges in South Dakota federal court as part of a deal aimed at resolving allegations he aided a corruption ring that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the tribe's coffers.
Brandon Sazue Sr., the former chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe near South Dakota's capital Pierre, formally admitted Wednesday that he personally took $15,000 from the tribe's general welfare account for his unauthorized personal use.
"Defendant's receipt of that money was unlawful, and he abused his authority and trust placed in him by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe's members," according...
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