A woman who embezzled money from the tribe was sentenced to six months Monday and ordered to pay restitution of $5,500 to the tribe and $176.56 to Homeland. U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange sentenced Jerri Denise Smith to three months in a Bureau of Prisons facility and three months in a halfway house. She is to report to U.S. marshals Dec. 6. Smith pleaded guilty earlier to charges that when she was a tribal employee in 1995 she embezzled the funds. "Embezzling funds from the tribal governments, which oftentimes have the least resources available to provide services, makes a difficult situation that much worse for tribal members," U.S. Attorney Dan Webber said.
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