Former chairman of Crow Creek Sioux pleads not guilty to embezzling

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux has pleaded not guilty to embezzling from the South Dakota tribe.

Forty-five-year-old Brandon Sazue of Chamberlain entered his plea in federal court Friday. U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons says Sazue was indicted earlier in the week and has been released on bond.

Sazue is accused along with others of embezzling more than $1,000 in tribal funds from 2014 through February of this year.

The others, including former tribal chairwoman Roxanne Lynette Sazue, also have pleaded not guilty. A trial date is set for Sept. 10.

The case resulted from the Guardians Project, a federal initiative bringing together law enforcement agencies to fight misuse of federal funds.