Crow Tribe comptroller accused of $28,000 embezzlement
Thu, 05/05/2016 - 5:00am admin
By Andrew Turck, Big Horn County News
A comptroller for the Crow Tribe, tasked with the management of tribal finances, has been accused of “willfully and knowingly” embezzling $28,000.
Documents filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Colin M. Rubich on April 26 state the alleged embezzlement by Karla Elizabeth MacCatherine occurred over the course of nearly one and a half years – from about Feb. 25, 2013 to Aug. 14, 2014.
Vernon E. Woodward of Woodward Law Firm appeared in Billings before the U.S. District Court the day of the filing. He will be serving as MacCatherine’s legal counsel.
A message to Woodward seeking comment was not returned by press time.
Before becoming comptroller, MacCatherine’s LinkedIn profile states that she worked from July 2008 to August 2010 as an accountant for the Crow Tribe and from August 2010 to February 2013 as chief finance officer for the Billings Family YMCA. She is currently listed as finance director for the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings.
Embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years suspended release.
No deadlines or hearing events have been set for the case.