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By Tim Leeds 

Houle faces pending state charges

County attorney seeks to file charges against tribal council member facing federal charges


July 2, 2014

A prominent Chippewa Cree Tribe official is now facing state action while charges in federal court are pending.

The Hill County Attorney’s Office Monday requested permission to file two felony charges against Chippewa Cree Business Committee member John “Chance” Houle alleging he forged a signature on documents, stealing another’s identity in the process, signed for the purchase of a truck from a Havre car dealer using funds a witness said “was basically part of a kickback scheme by John ‘Chance’ Houle, and a way to conceal the origin of the cash,” the motion says.

Houle pleaded not guilty in federal District Court in Great Falls last Tuesday in three new cases stemming from a federal investigation into fraud, conspiracy and corruption at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.

Federal charges filed against Houle in April 2013 were dismissed by the prosecution in September. Five other defendants charged in that case either have pleaded guilty or face new related federal...

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