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Sisseton woman convicted of robbery in Indian tribal organization


A woman from Sisseton found guilty of theft in an Indian tribal organization has been convicted by a federal judge in a United States district court.

Jordyn Juanita Kirk, 27, must serve five years of probation, pay restitution to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court in the amount of $ 14,463.80, a fine of $ 3,000 and pay a special contribution to the Federal Fund of assistance to victims of crime in the amount of $ 100.

The conviction stemmed from incidents that occurred between May 17, 2018 and October 5, 2018. At the time, Kirk was employed as an executive assistant to the vice president of Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (“SWO”). As part of her duties, she was responsible for taking possession of the money collected by other SWO tribal departments, including the SWO Tribal Court, and delivering it to the SWO finance office for deposit. Kirk stole money from SWO Tribal Court and used it for his own purposes. Kirk covered up his actions by not submitting the accompanying money collection reports to SWO’s finance office.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Attorney’s Office. Assistant US Attorney Ann M. Hoffman continued the case.

The case was brought as part of the Guardians Project, a federal law enforcement initiative to coordinate efforts among participating agencies to promote citizen disclosure of public corruption, fraud and embezzlement of funds involving federal program funds, contracts and grants, and to hold accountable those responsible for harming those who live in South Dakota Indian Country communities. Project Guardians is another step in the continuing efforts of federal law enforcement agencies to increase engagement, coordination and affirmative action on behalf of tribal communities. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, participating agencies include: Federal Bureau of Investigation; the offices of the inspector general of the ministries of the interior, health and social services, social security administration, agriculture, transport, education, justice and housing and urban development; Tax Service, Criminal Investigation Division; United States Postal Inspector Service; US Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General.

For more information on The Guardians Project, please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at (605) 330-4400. To report a suspected crime, please contact law enforcement at the local federal agency phone number.

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