Woman Charged With Embezzling Domestic Violence Grant Money
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two members of a statewide organization formed to advocate on behalf of Native American victims of domestic and sexual violence began stealing grant money from the group just months after the former executive director pleaded guilty to doing the same thing.
Barbara Mary Daychief of Browning is a former board member of the Montana Native Women’s Coalition. She pleaded not guilty to fraud charges Tuesday in Billings.
An indictment alleges Daychief and a co-defendant received advance payment for travel not completed or excessive payments for travel totaling about $4,800 between them. Authorities alleged other fraud, including claiming excess pay.
The former executive director, Toni Louise Plummer-Alvernaz, pleaded guilty to fraud in March 2017, was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay nearly $250,000 in restitution.