Pine Ridge Bank Fraud
by Associated Press
December 26, 2011 9:47 AM
A federal grand jury has indicted the former financial director of a women's shelter on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for bank fraud.
Authorities say Benjamin Artichoker allegedly deceived officials at a credit union about his employment status with Cangleska women's shelter in 2009 when he was applying for credit.
Authorities say Artichoker allegedly used a pay stub as proof of his continued employment with the domestic violence shelter although his employment had already ended.
Officials report that the Oglala Sioux Tribe suspended Artichoker, his sister, Karen Artichoker, Cangleska's administrator, and other managers 2009 because of chronic financial problems.