HELENA – A federal judge has sentenced the former head of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation’s health care system to a year in prison for using tribal money to visit her husband while he was in federal prison for stealing tribal money.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Great Falls also ordered Fawn Tadios to pay $15,000 in restitution during her sentencing hearing Tuesday.
A jury convicted Tadios on three counts of theft in June.
Prosecutors say Tadios used federal money meant for the tribal health department to visit former Chippewa Cree chairman Jake Parker, Jr., in prison in South Dakota. Parker was given a 16-month sentence in November 2011 after pleading guilty to putting $59,000 in personal charges on a tribal credit card. He also was ordered to pay restitution.