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Mont. tribal leader faces new embezzlement charges

Published On: Oct 29 2013 04:08:54 PM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

New charges have been filed against a former Chippewa Cree leader accused of running kickback schemes in awarding contracts with federal aid.

Former state Rep. Tony Belcourt and his wife Hailey pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, theft and bribery charges.

Prosecutors say Belcourt, as head of the Chippewa Cree Construction Corp., awarded $698,000 to companies run by Havre businessman Shad Huston.

They say Huston sent more than $300,000 of that money back to the Belcourts.

Huston also pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the money came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance to cover flood damage to the Rocky Boy's health clinic in 2010.

Belcourt has been arraigned on three other indictments in which he is accused of siphoning federal aid meant for the reservation.