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Former Blackfeet Tribal Operations Manager Admits Stealing Tribal COVID-19 Relief Funding

GREAT FALLS — The former operations manager for the Blackfeet Tribe today admitted to stealing more than $78,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funding the tribe received by fraudulently submitting requests for repayments to the tribe after falsely claiming to buy COVID-19 supplies, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said. James Cameron McNeely, 43, pleaded guilty to theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funding. McNeely faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.


Action Details

  • Date:January 31, 2024
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana
  • Enforcement Types:
    • COVID-19,
    • Criminal and Civil Actions