Melissa Mandan, 33, has been indicted in federal court for theft from a federal program and two counts of embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal presided over Mandan's arraignment by interactive television Monday afternoon. Mandan entered not guilty pleas and is set for a three-day trial to begin June 4 in Bismarck.

The indictment alleges Mandan stole more than $40,000 from the MHA Nation Infant and Toddler Program for which she was an administrative assistant last year. Mandan also allegedly used the ITP account to buy thousands of dollars of food and other goods.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan O'Konek requested Mandan be released without pretrial supervision on standard conditions that she attend her future proceedings and commit no other crimes.

Federal public defender Chris Bellmore has been appointed to represent Mandan, who told Senechal she hasn't worked since October.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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