Idaho company steals $54,000 from Oglala Sioux Tribe
BOISE, I.D. — A company in Idaho has admitted to illegally wiring $54,000 from the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s bank account. The company, known as All Around Sports, also stole at least $308,900 from Alaskan Native organizations.
All Around Sports is a call center based in Boise that tries to sell advertisements to businesses. The company says it uses the profits from those sales to benefit school athletic programs.
According to federal prosecutors, All Around Sports made contact with an employee at Oglala Lakota College in 2015 and used false and misleading statements to convince the employee to electronically sign an authorization form.
All Around Sports was then able to use the authorization form to illegally wire money from the Tribe’s bank account over the course of the year.
The company has also been accused of using wire fraud to steal $218,900 from Alaskan Native retail store Kokarmuit Corp., and $90,000 from the city of Ambler, Alaska.
Chris Hoshaw, the owner of All Around Sports, pleaded guilty to the charges and agreed to pay restitution to the victim organizations to the best of the company’s ability. Hoshaw also faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
Additionally, the company admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a $500,000 fine.
This isn’t the first time All Around Sports has been in trouble. In 2012 they were accused of using deceptive practices to collect debt from Idaho consumers that didn’t actually owe anything.
In this instance the company refused to admit culpability, but Hoshaw agreed to a settlement with the Idaho Attorney General’s Office to avoid going to court.
A third Alaskan Native corporation, Mary’s Igloo Native Corp., is also in the process of suing All Around Sports, alleging unfair trade practices.