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Four sentenced for stealing HHS funds from Oglala Sioux Tribe






The flag of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Four people have been sentenced for stealing federal funds that were meant for the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

The four stole about $109,000 by creating fake invoices that were paid by the tribe. The money came from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a Department of Health and Human Services program that's supposed to help needy people with energy bills.

"Individuals who choose to misappropriate HHS funds intended for those in dire need will continue to be pursued by the OIG and their law enforcement partners," Gerald T. Roy, a special agent with the Office of Inspector General at HHS, said in a press release.

Samone Darla Milk, 33, was an employee of the tribe's program. She received the 14 months in prison and was ordered to pay $109,135 in restitution.

Heather Marie Garcia, 31, was employed in another tribal department. She was sentenced to 5 years of probation.

Joe Marquios Garcia, 35, was a contractor who did work for the tribe. He was sentenced to 15 months and was ordered to pay restitution of $83,585.

Wayne Wilson Cortier, 45, was sentenced to 1 year of probation and restitution of $27,620. He also was a contractor.

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