Four charged with embezzling from Crow Creek
Four current and former Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council members were charged this week with embezzling money from the tribe.
An indictment filed Tuesday and unsealed Thursday charges Roland Hawk Sr., Francine Middletent, Roxanne Sazue and Jacquelyn Pease with aiding and abetting each other in embezzling more than $1,000 from the tribe between March 2014 and February of this year.
If convicted of the charge, each could face up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. They may also have to pay restitution.
All were held in the Hughes County Jail after their arrests. Following a hearing held by video conference Friday morning, Middletent, Sazue and Pease were released on bond.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica Duffy ordered that Hawk, the tribe's treasurer, remain detained. An order filed after the hearing specified that she took into account factors such as the nature of the charge, the evidence against Hawk and his personal history. Hawk did not protest detention, as he currently has an extraditable warrant outstanding in Nevada.
In addition to charges that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in 2017 in a Las Vegas hotel, Hawk faces charges in a separate case, filed in April, in connection with alleged incidents that took place in Fort Thompson between August and December 2018. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact on April 16 and was out on bond from then until his arrest this week.
Council Chairman Lester Thompson Jr. and Crow Creek BIA Superintendent Patrick Duffy did not immediately respond to The Daily Republic for comment on Friday morning.