- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Another defendant has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a corruption investigation on the Rock Boy’s Indian Reservation of northern Montana.

Former Chippewa Cree tribal rodeo association vice chairman Wade Christopher Colliflower pleaded guilty to theft from an Indian tribal organization during a Tuesday court appearance in Great Falls.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled sentencing for March 19.

Colliflower was indicted in June as part of a corruption probe that’s resulted in the conviction of multiple tribal officials and the consultants and companies awarded contracts for work on the reservation.

Prosecutors say he was part of an embezzlement scheme that made kick-backs to a Chippewa Cree council member.

He faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.


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