OIG Investigative Reports Grand Forks ND, May 25, 2011 - Eight Members of the Spirit Lake Tribe Indicted in Federal Court Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report Department of Justice United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon District of Notrh Dakota FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2011 http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/nd/ CONTACT: JULIE HOUGH PHONE: (701) 297-7400 FAX: (701) 297-7405 Eight Members of the Spirit Lake Tribe Indicted in Federal Court GRAND FORKS- United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced today that eight members of the Spirit Lake Tribe have been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with conspiracy to embezzle from an Indian tribal organization and aiding and abetting. The indictment alleges that as part of the conspiracy, the defendants did willfully embezzle, steal, and misapply property, moneys, funds, and credits belonging to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, a program administered by the Spirit Lake Tribe, Fort Totten, North Dakota. The eight defendants; Martina Kazena, William Kazena, Raymond Jetty, III, Tanya Jetty, Shaela Jetty, Lorna Walking Eagle, Rochelle Walking Eagle and Bruce Walking Eagle made their initial appearances on May 7, 2011, before United States Magistrate Judge Alice R. Senechal in United States District Court in Grand Forks, ND. The eight defendants appeared at various times for arraignment. Raymond and Tanya Jetty pleaded not guilty on May 7, 2011. Bruce Walking Eagle, Rochelle Walking Eagle, and Lorna Walking Eagle pleaded not guilty on May 16, 2011. William Kazena and Shaela Jetty pleaded not guilty on May 17, 2011, and Martina Kazena pleaded not guilty on May 24, 2011. The statutory maximum sentence for conspiracy to embezzle from an Indian tribal organization is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Purdon stressed that an indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A trial for all defendants is scheduled for July 12, 2011, in United States District Court in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Assistant United States Attorney Janice M. Morley is prosecuting the cases. Printable view Last Modified: 06/23/2011 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Eight Members of the Spirit Lake Tribe Indicted in Federal Court. Grand Forks ND., May 25, 2011
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2011-05-25.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.