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Crow Ghost sentenced for GRC points scheme

A Fort Yates, N.D., woman was sentenced to serve 160 days in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on Monday, Nov. 18, after pleading guilty to theft by an employee of an Indian gaming establishment.
Candace Crow Ghost, 42, must also serve 24 months of supervised release, and pay more than $5,300 in restitution. She must also pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Crow Ghost was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 12, pleading guilty to that charge on Aug .27.
According to court documents between December 2016 and March 2017, Crow Ghost was the marketing director for the Grand River Casino, on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. She developed a scheme whereby she would obtain prescription pain pills by adjusting points on individual players club rewards cards to pay for the drugs she was receiving. After adjusting the points, Crow Ghost would prepare vouchers and help the individuals redeem their illegally obtained points for cash. She would also comp rooms and meals to the individuals involved in the scheme. During the course of her employment, Crow Ghost added 426,000 points to various players’ accounts and comped more than $1,000 in rooms and meals, resulting in a total loss to the Grand River Casino of more than $5,300.
The case was brought as part of The Guardians Project, a federal law enforcement initiative to coordinate efforts between participating agencies, to promote citizen disclosure of public corruption, fraud, and embezzlement involving federal program funds, contracts, and grants, and to hold accountable those who are responsible for adversely affecting those living in South Dakota’s Indian country communities.
Other agencies assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office included the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Offices of Inspector General for the Departments of Interior, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Agriculture, Transportation, Education, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development; Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division; U.S. Postal Inspector Service; U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Crow Ghost was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.