Elected official of a former Montana tribe convicted of bribery

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A Billings, Montana, man who once served as a tribal government official for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, or MHA Nation, was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for his part in a bribery scheme.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a press release Monday that 54-year-old Frank Charles Grady was part of a bribery scheme that involved taking bribes and kickbacks from a contractor who provided construction services on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Court documents show that Grady was a member of the MHA Nation’s Tribal Business Council in 2016 and 2017.

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During that time, Grady sought and accepted more than $260,000 in bribes and kickbacks from a contractor.

In return, Grady would use his chosen power to help the contractor by awarding contracts, creating fake bids during the competitive bidding process, advocating for the contractor to the other tribesmen and facilitating the payment of fake invoices, the DOJ said.

Grady was one of three tribal officials charged with bribery in July 2020.

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Also named in the case were Randall Jude Phelan, 55, of Mandaree, North Dakota and Delvin Reeves, 52, of Watford City, North Dakota.

At that time, Phelan had served as a representative on the Tribal Business Council since November 2012, while Reeves was a paid employee of the Tribal government.

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The FBI’s Minnesota Field Office spearheaded the investigation into the case against Grady, while Criminal Division Fraud Attorneys Andrew Tyler and John J. Liolos and North Dakota District Attorney Matthew Greenley pursued the case. .

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