- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A judge has sentenced two former leaders of a Chippewa Cree online lending company to more than three years in prison for stealing money from the company and taking bribes.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris sentenced Neal Rosette to 38 months and Billi Anne Morsette to 41 months on Monday.

Morris also ordered the pair to pay $1.4 million in restitution.

Rosette and Morsette used to run Plain Green, a short-term Internet lender that charges high interest rates. They also ran the tribe’s first lending company, First American Capital Resources.

They pleaded guilty in December to accepting bribes, conspiracy to embezzle tribal funds and to tax fraud charges.

Prosecutors say they took money in a bribery scheme with a Nevada company that received a portion of Plain Green’s revenues.

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