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Eagle Butte woman charged with theft from Lakota Thrifty Mart

Shanon LeCompte of Eagle Butte, was indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization on January 19, 2017. 

LeCompte appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 24, and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The indictment alleges that between May 31, 2016, and October 22, 2016, LeCompte willfully and knowingly stole more than a $1,000 in funds belonging to the Lakota Thrift Mart.

The charge is merely an accusation and LeCompte is presumed innocent until 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.

If found guilty, the maximum penalty upon conviction is up to five years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, with three years of supervised release, along with possible restitution.

LeCompte was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.