Oglala Sioux Official Pleads Not Guilty To Embezzlement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An official accused of stealing from the Oglala Sioux tribe has pleaded not guilty.

Fifty-seven-year-old Charles Cummings, of Martin, faces theft and embezzlement charges in federal court. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Cummings entered his plea late last week.

Cummings is accused of embezzling more than $1,000 from the tribe while serving as a district vice chairman. He faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution if convicted.

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