PIERRE -- A fifth former member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe's tribal council was charged with embezzlement Monday.
According to court documents filed Wednesday, Tina Grey Owl received more than $95,000 from the tribe's general welfare account between April 2016 and May 2018, during which time she served as the tribal council's secretary.
Grey Owl is accused of aiding and abetting Roland Hawk Sr., Francine Middletent, Roxanne Lynette Sazue and Jacquelyn Pease, all of whom were indicted for embezzlement and theft in July and are scheduled to stand trial in October.
U.S. Attorney Ronald Parsons, Grey Owl and her attorney, Jana M. Miner, signed a plea agreement Wednesday indicating that Grey Owl will plead guilty to embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization, pay restitution to be determined at sentencing and pay a $100 special assessment. A change of plea hearing has not yet taken place.
Grey Owl faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to the plea agreement, the U.S. has agreed to recommend that the court impose a sentence at the low end of the sentencing guideline range.