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Blackfeet Tribe of Montana

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A federal jury has acquitted a former Blackfeet Indian Housing Authority official of felony theft from a tribal organization, convicting him instead on misdemeanor theft charges. Cameron Boggs, 51, of Browning, pleaded innocent in September to stealing $3,679 worth of supplies from September to November 2000 while he was manager of the Blackfeet Housing warehouse. Sentencing is scheduled for March 21.

? A Browning woman convicted of stealing nearly $34,000 from the Blackfeet Nursing Home must spend a year in prison and pay back the money, a federal judge has ordered. Alice Heavy Runner, 41, worked for the Blackfeet Tribe for 20 years. She pleaded guilty in August to felony theft, after accusations that she embezzled the money between 1996 and 1997. Prosecutors said the money was taken from an employee incentive account established in 1996 and intended for employee-of-the-month awards and emergency loans. Prosecutors also said the account was set up improperly, and included federal and state funds earmarked for patient care. Her co-defendant, Raymond Montoya, was convicted in August of embezzling government and tribal funds from the nursing home. Montoya is to be sentenced on Dec. 6 in Great Falls. Heavy Runner must also complete 150 hours of community service.

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