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Published April 17, 2013, 11:17 AM

Tribal official sentenced for role in embezzling

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A former elected district officer of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux tribe has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for her role in the theft of nearly $350,000 from the tribe.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A former elected district officer of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux tribe has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for her role in the theft of nearly $350,000 from the tribe.

A jury earlier this year convicted 61-year-old Charlene Wanna on a felony count of aiding and abetting misapplication of tribal funds. Three other tribal officials pleaded guilty in the case and have yet to be sentenced — 53-year-old Lloyd LaBelle Jr., 62-year-old Jaqueline Wanna and 52-year-old Tammie Strutz.

The American News reports that the four will have to repay the money they stole between January 2007 and January 2009. Prosecutor Thomas Wright says the money was supposed to benefit youth, elderly and disabled people in the district.

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