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McAlester Woman Pleads Guilty To Indian Casino Theft

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 BILLIE JEAN STAPP, age 46, of McAlester, Oklahoma, pled guilty to THEFT FROM GAMING ESTABLISHMENTS ON INDIAN LANDS, in in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1167, punishable by not more than 1 year imprisonment, and up to a $100,000.00 fine or both.

The Information alleged that on or about January 28, 2012, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did abstract, purloin, willfully misapply, take and carry away with the intent to steal, monies, funds and assets of a value less than $1,000.00 belonging to the Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, an establishment operated by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, an Indian Tribe pursuant to an ordinance or resolution approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service.

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 April 14, 2017

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