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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 14, 2014

Calera Man Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement By Bank Officer

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that DANIEL JAMES ABBOTT, age 32, of Calera, Oklahoma, pled guilty to an Information charging him with Embezzlement By Bank Officer Or Employee, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 656.

The charge arose from an investigation by the United States Secret Service.

The Information alleged that from on or about October 26, 2011 to on or about September 18, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, being an officer and employee of the First United Bank and Trust, Durant, Oklahoma, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, with intent to injure and defraud First United Bank and Trust, willfully misapplied and embezzled the moneys, funds and assets belonging to said bank and entrusted to the custody and care of the defendant as an officer and employee in an amount exceeding $1,000.00.

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 3 years imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release and a possible fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Waters represented the United States.

Updated March 12, 2015