Third Pine Ridge official pleads guilty to theft

Rapid City, South Dakota (AP)  11-07

A third former Oglala Sioux Tribe official has acknowledged that she stole from the tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Kim Colhoff, 51, of Pine Ridge, who was the tribe’s payroll supervisor, pleaded guilty in federal court in Rapid City to theft from a tribal organization.

She could be sentenced to up to five years in prison Jan. 28, according to federal prosecutors.

Former treasurer David Rabbit Sr. earlier pleaded guilty and was ordered to repay nearly $10,000 and serve five years of probation for not repaying payroll advances.

And a jury during October convicted former tribal vice president Eileen Janis of theft. She also could get up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced Jan. 28.

The thefts happened in 2003 and 2004, according to court documents.