A South Dakota man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally obtaining livestock grazing privileges on American Indian land.

The U.S. attorney's office says Frank Veit of Dupree pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Authorities say Veit and his family falsely represented themselves as Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members in order to pasture non-Indian owned cattle.

The scheme reportedly allowed the family to avoid paying the $6 per head, per month charge and defrauded the tribe of nearly $17,000.

U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange sentenced Veit to six months in custody and ordered him to pay back the tribe.


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