United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pine Ridge South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for seven counts of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, seven counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, four counts of Maiming, one count of Health Care Fraud, and one count of Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud.
Frenchone One Horn, a/k/a Frenchone Kills In Water, age 40, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on December 2, 2020, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for each of the Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Maiming charges. The maximum penalty upon conviction for the Health Care Fraud charge is 5 years in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The maximum penalty upon conviction for the Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud charge is 4 years in prison, and/or a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The charges relate to One Horn assaulting five individuals with rocks in 2018 and 2019 at Pine Ridge for the purpose of committing health care fraud. These assaults resulted in serious bodily injury and required three of the victims to suffer finger amputations. One Horn also committed health care fraud by giving fraudulent information concerning the intentional assaults in order to obtain services and controlled substances, namely Hydrocodone.
The charges are merely accusations and One Horn is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Poppen is prosecuting the case.
One Horn was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has been set for February 9, 2021.