GREAT FALLS, Montana — In a story March 12 about a corruption case on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, The Associated Press misidentified the person responsible for $375,000 in restitution. It was Mark Leischner's wife, co-defendant Tammy Leischner.
A corrected version of the story is below:
3 family members sentenced in tribal corruption case
3 family members sentenced to federal prison in Montana Indian reservation corruption case
GREAT FALLS, Montana — Three family members were sentenced to federal prison Wednesday as part of a corruption investigation on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation — a case that has brought down several leaders of the Chippewa Cree Tribe and those who conducted illegal business with them.
During hearings in Great Falls before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, defendants Mark and Tammy Leischner each received two years in prison on charges of theft, embezzlement, blackmail and fraud.
The Laurel couple pleaded guilty last year to their role in the embezzling of money from the tribe's rodeo association. Mark Leischner also was ordered to pay $281,000 in restitution, and his wife was ordered to pay $375,000 along with several co-defendants.
Morris gave Tammy Leischner's brother, James Eastlick Jr., a six-year prison sentence and a $100,000 fine. The judge ordered the former psychologist for the Rocky Boy's Health Clinic to pay $424,800 in restitution along with other co-defendants.
Ten defendants had previously been sentenced in the investigation, including former Chippewa Cree chairman Bruce Sunchild. He was sentenced to almost three years in prison by Morris on Tuesday.
Authorities said Eastlick, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, played a leading role in a scheme that included bribes to tribal officials in exchange for business contracts involving federal funds.
He pleaded guilty last year to providing former state lawmaker Tony Belcourt with a $100,000 payment linked to work on the Tiber Reservoir water project, which was funded with $20 million through the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Belcourt was chief executive of the Chippewa Cree Construction Co., which awarded payments to a company co-owned by Eastlick.
Eastlick's father, James Eastlick Sr., was previously sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the case. Nephew Brenden Leischner received six months in custody and five years of probation for student financial aid fraud.
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