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Goshute Leader Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges

Goshute Leader Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The leader of the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes says he's not guilty.

Leon Bear faced a federal judge today and pleaded not guilty to charges of theft from an Indian tribal organization, thefts concerning programs receiving federal funds, and filing false tax returns.

The indictment was handed down last month after a lengthy investigation that was launched amid allegations of corruption within the Goshutes' leadership.

Four other members of the Goshutes are also facing charges of theft from Indian tribal organizations and bank fraud.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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