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Former Montana tribal head admits to travel fraud scheme

Posted at 8:35 AM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 10:35:38-04
Lawrence Killsback
Former Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe President Lawrence Killsback (MTN News photo)

BILLINGS – The former president of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe is admitting to devising a complicated travel fraud scheme to take 20 thousand dollars in reimbursement funds from the tribe.

Lawrence Killsback, 40, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and the false claims conspiracy in Montana federal court.

Killsback worked as the tribe’s health director and then tribal president. Prosecutors say he submitted fraudulent invoices to tribal and state entities claiming travel expenses that were exaggerated or false.

He told investigators at one point that travel fraud happens all the time on the reservation, saying there was a culture of travel fraud.

Another scheme involved Killsback falsifying hotel invoices through a software program. Investigators found 28 trips that involved travel fraud.

Killsback faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

-Andrea Lutz reporting for MTN News