- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings contractor has denied charges that he defrauded the Chippewa Cree Tribe and bribed tribal officials to get preferential treatment for $2.5 million in federally funded contracts.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/29gQ6Wf ) that Kevin David McGovern pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy and scheme to defraud the tribe and the federal government and bribery. He has also pleaded not guilty on behalf of his company, CMG Construction.

McGovern is accused of paying kickbacks to tribal officials in exchange for noncompetitive and unadvertised construction contracts for projects paid for with federal aid money.

McGovern also pleaded not guilty in March to conspiracy and bribery charges related to the purchase of an overpriced and unneeded asphalt plant by the tribe’s construction company.

His attorney says the most recent charges are “a continuation largely of the same case.”

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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