A 53-year-old Waubay woman has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release after federal authorities say she embezzled from the United Sioux Tribes of South Dakota Development Corporation. Dawn Block, 53, was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of in the amount of $222,801.72. Authorities say between October of 2018 and May of 2019, Block was employed as an agent of the United Sioux Tribes of South Dakota Development Corporation. She was convicted of intentionally misapplying funds through payroll advances, cash withdrawals, awards and bonuses, duplicate pay, and additional unsupported payments.
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.
The investigation was conducted by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Elmore prosecuted the case.
Block was released following sentencing but was ordered to self-report to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on May 18, 2021.