A 52-year-old woman from Pierre has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft from a Program Receiving Federal Funds.
Dawn R. Seaboy Block pled not guilty.
Federal court documents allege between October 2018 and May 2019, while Block was employed by the United Sioux Tribes of South Dakota Development Corporation she did embezzle, steal, obtain by fraud and intentionally misapply property of the United Sioux Tribes.
The maximum penalty if convicted is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release and restitution may be ordered.
The case was brought as part of The Guardians Project, a federal law enforcement initiative to coordinate efforts between participating agencies, to promote citizen disclosure of public corruption, fraud and embezzlement involving federal program funds, contracts, and grants and to hold accountable those who are responsible for adversely affecting those living in South Dakota’s Indian country communities.
For additional information about The Guardians Project, please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at (605) 330-4400. To report a suspected crime, please contact law enforcement at the federal agency’s locally listed telephone number.