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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 14, 2014

Broken Arrow Man Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Government Funds

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that BOBBY GENE SMITH, age 43, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, pled guilty to an Information charging him with Theft Of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.

The charge arose from an investigation by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General.

The Information alleged that from on or about May 8, 2010 to on or about May 7, 2011, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, did willfully and knowingly embezzle, steal and convert to his own use, money and things of value from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, an agency receiving and administering funds on behalf of the United States, which had been paid to the defendant as unemployment insurance compensation benefits to which the defendant knew he was not entitled, and having a value in excess of $1,000.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the defendant’s guilty plea, and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled upon its completion. The defendant remains on bond pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 10 years imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release and a possible fine of up to $250,000.00.

Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Waters represented the United States.

Updated March 12, 2015