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Hartshorne Resident Sentenced To Nine Months, $80,000 Restitution For Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds

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 Meredith Dawn Dunkin, age 47, of Hartshorne, Oklahoma was sentenced to 9 months’ imprisonment in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $80,083.35 for Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(A). The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The Information alleged that from on or about May 23, 2013, and continuing through August 6, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Meredith Dawn Dunkin, being an agent of the City of Hartshorne, Oklahoma, said organization received benefits in excess of $10,000 under a Federal Program involving a grant, contract, subsidy, loan, guarantee, insurance, or other form of Federal Assistance for the calendar years of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, obtained by fraud, embezzlement, and otherwise without authority, property worth at least $5,000 owned by the City of Hartshorne.

The Honorable David Cleveland Joseph, U.S. District Judge out of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, temporarily assigned to the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the sentencing hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Doug Horn represented the United States.

Updated June 7, 2021

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