Tribe member gets probation for stealing from tribal court

A member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has been given five years of probation for stealing money from the tribal court.

U.S. District Court Judge John M. Gerrard said in a news release Monday that 30-year-old Christi Freemont, of Winnebago, was ordered to pay more than $8,500 in restitution. She must also perform 50 hours of community service.

Freemont was convicted of embezzlement from the Winnebago Tribal Court, where she was employed as a clerk. She is accused of using a court debit card to make unauthorized cash withdrawals at ATMs and personal purchases at a Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee grocery store.

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