A former conservation officer for the Nez Perce Tribe has been sentenced to five months in prison for lying to authorities about pawning a pair of duty firearms, and using a government-issued credit card for personal use.
34-year-old Douglas Bisbee, of Lapwai, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene after lying to federal investigators who had asked him about two firearms assigned to him by the tribe that were pawned in March 2006.
Prosecutors say Bisbee failed to redeem the firearms, and they were eventually sold to third parties. Bisbee admitted to pawning the guns in February 2011, but earlier told the FBI and tribal police he had retrieved them before they were sold.
In a second indictment, Bisbee was accused of using his government credit card to buy $20,000 in gasoline for his personal vehicle and those belonging to relatives and friends.
In addition to his prison term, Bisbee was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay nearly $16,000 in restitution.