Ex-BIA employee sentenced for theft from Fort Peck program
A former Bureau of Indian Affairs employee was sentenced to 37 months in prison for stealing from a loan program operated by the Fort Peck Tribes of Montana.

Paul James Bemer, 42, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft from an Indian organization, conspiracy to obstruct a federal audit and receipt of compensation by a federal employee from a source other than the federal government. He admitted he participated in a scheme that resulted in the theft of $1 million from the tribe's credit program over a decade.

Bemer was among six federal and tribal employees who participated in the scheme. All pleaded guilty.

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Ex-federal employee sentenced in Fort Peck embezzlement case (The Great Falls Tribune 10/27)
Embezzler sentenced to 3 years in prison (The Billings Gazette 10/27)