- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota woman accused of stealing money from a tribal organization has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 44-year-old Lorelei Exendine will be on probation for two years and has to pay the $3,000 that she stole in 2009.

The Pine Ridge woman pleaded guilty to theft from an Indian tribal organization in June.

Authorities say Exendine served as the president of the Northern Great Plains Emergency Medical Services Association in 2009. At that time, she planned a conference for emergency medical personnel that an ambulance service group from the Oglala Sioux Tribe co-sponsored.

Exendine received $3,000 in registration fees, but she kept the money instead of sending it to the tribe.

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