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Fake Indian man pleads guilty to fraud charges

A man who long held himself out to be Indian has admitted to fraud and identity theft charges in South Dakota.

Charles Roger Leo Adams Jr., who also went by the names Charlie Smoke and Leo Wolfslayer, admitted to falsifying documents in order to receive assistance from an Indian housing program. He admitted to falsely claiming to be Indian in order to receive free Indian Health Service care for himself and his family.

Adams was recently deported from Canada for not providing documents on his status. He claimed that he was entitled to stay there because he claimed he was Mohawk and Lakota.

He ended up going to the Pine Ridge Reservation, where a tribal judge later determined he was falsifying his identity. He was turned over to face state and federal charges.

Get the Story:
Man pleads to claiming false status (The Rapid City Journal 6/28)

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