GREAT FALLS - The United States Attorney’s Office announced that Toni Louise Plummer-Alvernaz (Plummer) was sentenced to one year in prison, $246,024 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment. The sentencing occurred on July 14, 2017, before U.S. District Chief Judge Dana Christensen, in Great Falls, Montana.
Plummer was the Executive Director for the Montana Native Women’s Coalition (Coalition) and the Women’s Resource Center (Resource Center). Both organizations were located in Glasgow, Montana. The Montana Native Women’s Coalition was designed to improve urban, rural, and Native American community responses to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Women’s Resource Center offered, among other things, educational seminars to the general public on various issues, such as health, parenting, career development, and violence prevention.
The Coalition and Resource Center received approximately $1.6 million in federal grant funds from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women. Plummer embezzled approximately 15% of the grants by inflating work hours, using the organization credit cards for vacations to Mount Rushmore and California, claiming travel when no such travel occurred, cash advances, bonuses, and paying family members money that they were not entitled to receive.