Crow Agency man gets prison in corruption case

2013-09-10T14:31:00Z 2013-09-11T00:09:10Z Crow Agency man gets prison in corruption caseBy CLAIR JOHNSON The Billings Gazette

A Crow Agency man who admitted to participating in a double-billing scheme while working for the Crow Tribe’s Historic Preservation Office will spend six months in federal prison.

Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon on Tuesday in Helena sentenced Martin Lloyd Old Horn, 22, to the term and ordered $21,830 restitution.

Old Horn had pleaded guilty to mail fraud and to federal student aid fraud for his role in a larger corruption case involving his family members and others. He worked as a monitor on projects for companies even though he had no training in archaeology and had not been hired by the tribe. The monitor’s job was to ensure that areas of cultural and historic importance were protected.

Old Horn’s grandfather, Dale Drew Old Horn, the former director of the office, was convicted by a jury in August of conspiracy, corrupt diversion of tribal revenues/mail fraud and theft in a scheme that netted $500,000. He is awaiting sentencing.

Dale Old Horn’s son, Allen Joseph Old Horn, and Shawn Talking Eagle Danforth, who had a relationship with Dale Old Horn’s niece, also were convicted during the trial.

In all, eight people were indicted in the case, and seven were convicted at trial or pleaded guilty. One of the defendants, Danelle Lynn Old Horn, the mother of Martin Old Horn, died in December.

The scheme involved monitors, most of whom were tribal employees, billing companies directly for their work while also getting paid by the tribe.

Martin Old Horn admitted to billing for hours he didn’t work and also to lying when he applied for federal student aid by saying he hadn’t received any income.

Martin Old Horn was a student at the University of Montana in the fall of 2011.

Haddon allowed Martin Old Horn to report to prison.

Three other defendants, Larkin Troy Chandler, Mark James Denny and Frederick Paul Deputee Jr., were sentenced to five years of probation and were ordered to pay restitution.



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