Woman accused of embezzling from Oglala Sioux Tribe offices

RAPID CITY S.D. — A woman is indicted with embezzlement and theft from the offices of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Helen Hernandez of Pine Ridge was indicted on Feb. 5 by a federal grand jury before meeting with a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Rapid City on Feb. 21.

Hernandez is accused of embezzling over $1,000 of monies, funds, credits, goods, assets, and other property from the Credit and Finances Office of the Oglala Sioux Tribe between February 2014 through June 2015. During this time Hernandez was serving as the secretary of the office.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty in her initial court appearance. If found guilty, Hernandez is facing a maximum penalty of up to 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release and a $100 fee to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution to the Credit and Finance Office could also be ordered.

This case is being investigated by the Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy R. Jehangiri prosecuting.

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