Embezzlement Case Sends Former Executives with Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Reservation to Prison

SISSETON, S.D. (AP) – Two former executives on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate reservation have been sent to prison for embezzling from the tribe. 74-year-old Leslie Barse Sr. was recently sentenced to half a year behind bars and ordered to pay about $147,000 in restitution. Fifty-nine-year-old Ann German was ordered to spend three months in custody and repay about $11,000. Both Barse and German are from Peever. Both were former tribal district officials. The investigation was conducted by the FBI and was part of The Guardians Project, a federal law enforcement initiative to combat corruption in Indian Country.