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Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, South Dakota

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Connie Goodlow, 41, former chief financial officer of tribe's Lode Star Casino at Fort Thompson has been charged with embezzlement. She was indicted in federal court on 16 counts of theft. Goodlow wrote several personal checks to the casino, took the cash and then covered things up in the books, U.S. Attorney Michelle G. Tapken reported. Goodlow pleaded innocent, and U.S. District Judge Charles Kornmann set trial July 31. The grand jury indictment alleges that Goodlow cheated the casino out of nearly $30,000 from February 1999 through September 2000. Insufficient funds checks cashed at the casino ranged from a monthly low of $695 to as high as $3,786. Goodlow, released from custody until trial, indicated in a court document that she is in the process of filing for bankruptcy. Among her debts is a $12,000 delinquent loan on a car valued at $5,000. Ten of the theft counts each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years, and the remaining two counts are each punishable by up to one year in prison.