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Mission Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Federal Money

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SIOUX FALLS – A woman on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota has pleaded guilty to embezzling federal money.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Donna Peterson from 1996 to 2008 managed an apartment complex in Mission where tenants received rent subsidy payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency. Peterson was accused of embezzling more than $32,700 in 2007.

She pleaded guilty to theft of government funds and faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced June 3.

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