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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sanger, Texas Woman Sentenced To 36 Months Probation, $30,000 Restitution For Casino Theft

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Kristi Michelle Juarez, age 32, of Sanger, Texas, was sentenced to 3 years of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $30,000.00 for Theft By Officers Or Employees Of An Indian Gaming Establishment, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1168(b). The charge arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Indictment alleged that on January 2, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Kristi Michelle Juarez, while she was an employee of the Chickasaw Nation WinStar World Casino and Resort, embezzled, took and carried away in excess of $1,000.00 of moneys belonging to the Chickasaw Nation WinStar World Casino and Resort, an Indian gaming establishment operated by the Chickasaw Nation, pursuant to an ordinance or resolution approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “The defendant is being held accountable for her theft from the Chickasaw Nation. During her term of probation the United States Probation Office will monitor the defendant and ensure that she is complying with the conditions ordered by the court. This office was able to successfully prosecute this case because of the thorough and professional investigative work by agents with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney John David Luton represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated March 26, 2018