HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice's inspector general is honoring the Montana U.S. Attorney's Office for its work to weed out fraud involving federally funded programs on Indian reservations.
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl Rostad of Great Falls accepted the Collaboration Award on Feb. 27 in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Guardians Project.
The project has charged 77 defendants since 2012, has resulted in convictions on more than 100 charges and orders for millions of dollars in restitution.
The DOJ says Rostad is considered the architect of the strike-force model that elevated the Offices of Inspector General in corruption investigations. U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter said in addition to holding defendants responsible, the investigations found errors in oversight and management that could lead to improvements in the grants and contracts process.
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