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Goshute Leader Sentenced to Probation

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(KSL News) -- A federal judge ordered no jail time, only probation for a former Skull Valley Goshute tribe leader who pleaded guilty to cheating on his taxes.

Leon Bear will pay more than forty thousand dollars in fines and serve three years on probation.

Skull Valley Goshutes have long accused Bear of misusing tribal funds. Bear pleaded guilty to tax-fraud as part of a plea deal that relieved him of other fraud and corruption charges.

Margene Bullcreek, Goshute Tribe Member: "Our spirit hasn't been crushed. We are more determined to make sure things go in the right direction."

Bear's term was officially up in November. There's been no election to replace him.

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