Family members plead guilty to thefts from reservation town

A view of Brockton, Montana, on the Fort Peck Reservation. Photo from Facebook

A husband and wife and their two daughters pleaded guilty to stealing more than $132,000 from a town on the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.

Desiree Lambert, 59, pleaded guilty to fraud, embezzlement, and aggravated identity theft. She admitted the stole money from the town and wrote checks to herself and members of her family, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release.

Lambert's husband, Bernard, 66, and the couple's daughters, Kaycee, 35, and Kayla, 30, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the theft. All four will be sentenced on March 5, 2014, the Associated Press reported.

The reservation is home to the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. Desiree and Bernard Lambert were previously convicted for stealing $12,000 from the tribal education department, the U.S. Attorney's Office noted.

As part of the Guardians Project, the U.S. Attorney's Office has been investigating corruption in Indian Country since 2011. At least 24 cases have been filed, putting Montana on the top of a nationwide list of judicial districts with the most government corruption prosecutions.

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