BISMARCK, N.D. — A New Town woman faces federal charges that she stole money from a tribal program that helps families whose young children need speech and physical therapy.

Thirty-three-year-old Melissa Ann Mandan was indicted on charges of federal program theft and embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Mandan, also known as Melissa Fyten, was arrested and appeared this week in U.S. District Court. The indictment alleges Mandan stole more than $40,000 from the Three Affiliated Tribes’ infant and toddler program while she was employed as an administrative assistant.

Mandan also is accused of fraudulently using the program account to buy thousands of dollars worth of goods and foods.

Federal public defender Neil Fulton says a not-guilty plea will be entered for Mandan. A jury trial is set for June 4.

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