CHAMBERLAIN-A former Crow Creek District Business Committee treasurer appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to embezzlement Thursday.

If convicted of the federal misdemeanor, Lana Steele, 52, of Chamberlain, could face up to a year in federal prison, a $100,000 fine, a year of supervised release and a special assessment of $25 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Steele has agreed to pay restitution, according to a press release from United States District Attorney Ron Parsons.

Steele's plea agreement stated that between November 2013 and November 2015, she embezzled the Crow Creek District Business Committee's money and property.

The case was brought pursuant to federal law enforcement initiative The Guardians Project, which is aimed at holding people accountable who affect people in native and tribal communities in the state.

The FBI is investigating Steele's case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting.