A former Winnebago Tribal Chairman must serve five years of probation for a theft conviction.
Chief U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced John Blackhawk to also serve 150 hours of community service. He must also pay restitution totaling $36,000.
Blackhawk was found guilty of taking unauthorized disbursements from WinnaVegas Casino and Resort beginning in 2013 through September 2014.
Federal prosecutors say these disbursements were in the form of gift certificates which he did not pay for and deposits to a re-loadable debit card.
Those were not paid by the payroll department of the Winnebago Tribe and were never authorized at a regular or special meeting of the tribal council.
The disbursements also were concealed from the Winnebago Gaming Commission, which oversaw the operations of the casino and was required to approve financial transactions of the casino.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.