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Former tribal program secretary accused of embezzlement

February 27, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former secretary of the Oglala Sioux Credit and Finance Office has pleaded not guilty to embezzlement.

Forty-one-year-old Helen Hernandez, of Pine Ridge, is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the tribal office in 2014 and 2015. She was indicted earlier this month.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Hernandez faces up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution if convicted.

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