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Las Vegas, Durant Men Plead Guilty To Theft Or Bribery Of Federal Funds

August 05, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that JERRY MARK ESHENRODER, age 54, of Las Vegas, Nevada and ALLEN MARK FRANKLIN, age 48, of Durant, Oklahoma, pled guilty to an Information in federal court today.

The defendants are charged with CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT THEFT OR BRIBERY OF PROGRAMS RECEIVING FEDERAL FUNDS, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

The Information alleges that in October to December of 2009 ESHENRODER and FRANKLIN conspired to violate Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(2). ESHENRODER, a former Flintco project manager for the Durant Casino and Hotel construction, agreed to provide in excess of $5,000 in building materials to remodel the kitchen of FRANKLIN, a former project manager of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, in order to influence business with the Choctaw Nation.

The charges are a result from a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division.

The statutory range of punishment is up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Oklahoma presided over the hearings. The defendants were released on bond pending sentencing.

First Assistant United States Attorney Doug Horn and Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

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