Ex-police officer accused of spending tribal funds at bars
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former tribal police officer in Montana who was supposed to be running a program to keep young Native Americans out of trouble spent tribal money at casinos, a strip club, bars and other places.
The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that 44-year-old Willard Wilson White faces charges of wire fraud, theft from an Indian tribal organization and income tax evasion.
No one answered a phone number listed for White on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say the Fort Peck Assiniboine (uh-SINN’-uh-boyn) and Sioux tribes provided White with $40,000 to run the program when he was a temporary officer for the two tribes.
If convicted of all charges, White faces up to 30 years in prison and $600,000 in fines and would be required repay the $40,000.
Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com