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

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Durant Woman Sentenced To 18 Months For Embezzlement From Indian Tribal Organization

Information Alleges Over $500,000 From Choctaw Nation Between 2005-2011

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that CARMA LYNN ELLIOTT, age 45, of Durant, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, followed by 36 months of supervised release for EMBEZZLEMENT FROM INDIAN TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1163.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Information filed in October, 2015, alleged that from on or about March 26, 2005 and continuing through April 2, 2011, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant with intent to convert them to her use, did knowingly retain $585,397.15 of moneys, funds and credits belonging to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a tribal organization.

The Honorable James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated April 14, 2016