- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings contractor who has been convicted of defrauding the Chippewa Cree Tribe and bribing tribal officials has pleaded not guilty to new charges stemming from the corruption probe.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2hNsz0W ) that Kevin McGovern and his company, CMG Construction, on Tuesday denied allegations that they conspired to file false claims with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which had given the tribe $11.6 million to help with recovery from a 2010 flood.

The false claims case is the fourth indictment to be filed against McGovern or one of his companies.

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

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

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