Former Chippewa Cree health official sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement


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HELENA, Montana — A former director of the Rocky Boy's Wellness Center has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to repay more than $19,700 after being convicted of embezzlement.

Wilbur Harlan "Huck" Sunchild was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris after a jury convicted the 49-year-old Sunchild in April.

Federal prosecutors say Sunchild deposited more than $26,000 meant for the Chippewa Cree tribe's wellness center in 2012 into a bank account he had created.

Prosecutors say he emptied the account over three months, including ATM withdrawals at casinos in Havre, Chinook and Great Falls.

Sunchild had pleaded not guilty to the charges of theft from a tribal government receiving federal grants, theft from an Indian tribal organization and theft from a health-care facility.

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