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Hartshorne Woman Pleads Guilty To 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 entered a guilty plea to Theft Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(A), punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both. 

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 charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “The defendant, as an agent of the City of Hartshorne, had been entrusted to safeguard funds and use them as intended for the benefit of those who call Hartshorne home. By enriching herself with those funds she betrayed that trust and violated federal law. She will be held accountable for her actions.”

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, 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 Doug Horn represented the United States.

Updated November 24, 2020

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