Fort Smith, Arkansas Woman Found Guilty Of Embezzlement And Theft From Tribal Organization
Defendant Voided Sales At Choctaw Travel Plaza And Kept Money
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that NICKOLLE DENISE DIXON, age 24, of Fort Smith Arkansas, was found guilty, by a federal jury, for EMBEZZLEMENT AND THEFT FROM INDIAN TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1163. The jury trial began with testimony on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 and concluded the same day with the guilty verdict.
Evidence at trial proved that from in or about January 2013 to on or about January 5, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, NIKOLLE DENISE DIXON, did steal, embezzle and knowingly and willfully convert to her own use monies in excess of $1,000.00 which had been entrusted to her custody and care as an employee of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, an Indian tribal organization.
The investigation revealed that DIXON, an employee of the Choctaw Travel Plaza, was voiding out sales from customers who had paid for and left with their purchases and would then take the money for her own use.
The verdict obtained was the result of an investigation by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the trial and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.
The statutory range of punishment is no more than 5 years imprisonment, up to $250,000.00 or both.
Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.