Former Standing Rock tribal official pleads to theft

Pierre, South Dakota (AP) August 2010

A former official in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Housing Authority faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for theft.

Federal prosecutors said Ladarana Mees pleaded guilty in South Dakota to theft or bribery involving programs receiving federal funds.

The 54-year-old Bismarck, N.D., man was accused of converting to his own use and the use of others property valued at $19,650 that was under the control of the tribe’s Housing Authority.

He will be sentenced in October.



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