South Dakota man sentenced in grazing scheme

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Another man has been sentenced in what federal authorities say was a scheme to illegally obtain livestock grazing privileges on American Indian land in South Dakota.

Twenty-two-year-old Roy Veit pleaded guilty in May to giving false statements to a federal agency. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says he was sentenced this month to one month in custody and one year on supervised release, and ordered to pay nearly $17,000 in restitution.

Authorities say the scheme involved Veit and others falsely claiming that they owned livestock as Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members to avoid paying grazing fees. Johnson says the tribe was cheated out of more than $50,000.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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