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Ardmore Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement And Theft From Tribal Organization

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that DENISE TAYLOR, age 55, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, pled guilty to EMBEZZLEMENT AND THEFT FROM INDIAN TRIBAL ORGANIZATION, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1163, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.               

The Indictment alleged that from on or about March 19, 2017,  to on or about March 29, 2017,  in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, DENISE TAYLOR, did steal, embezzle and knowingly and willfully convert to her own use goods, assets, and other property, with a value in excess of $1,000.00, which had been entrusted to her custody and care as an employee of the Chickasaw Nation’s Ardmore Smoke Shop # 1, an Indian tribal organization.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.

Updated October 23, 2017

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