- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

SISSETON, S.D. (AP) - A Sisseton woman will spend five years on probation after admitting that she defrauded a federal program aimed at helping tribal governments consolidate their land.

Sixty-two-year-old Sharon Nelson has also been ordered to pay nearly $6,650 in restitution. Nelson earlier pleaded guilty to theft of government property.

Authorities accused Nelson of defrauding the federal Land Buy Back Program for Tribal Nations. The program allows tribal members to sell their land to the federal government, which in turn, moves the land into trust for that particular tribe.

Authorities say Nelson sold some of her land and got a check for about $8,900. She later claimed she didn’t get the check, and the money was deposited directly into her account. Six months later, Nelson cashed the check and spent about $6,900.


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