A former state legislator has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to theft, bribery and tax-evasion charges.
Tony Belcourt was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Great Falls. His wife, Hailey, was sentenced to 2 months for her role in the scheme.
Prosecutors say Tony Belcourt took hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks and bribes from consultants and contractors who were awarded federal money for projects on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation from 2009 to 2011.
Belcourt was head of the Chippewa Cree Construction Corp. at the time and in charge of awarding contracts. He was charged in multiple indictments and made a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in April.
The Great Falls Tribune reports Belcourt must pay $667,000 in restitution.