United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft from Indian Tribal Organization.
Shanon LeCompte, a/k/a Shanon Morgan, age 41, was indicted on January 19, 2017. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 24, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that between May 31, 2016, and October 22, 2016, LeCompte willfully and knowingly stole, embezzled and converted to her own use money and funds belonging to an Indian Tribal Organization, the Lakota Thrift Mart, in an amount greater than $1,000.
The charge is merely an accusation and LeCompte is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.
LeCompte was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.