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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tahlequah Woman Sentenced To 12 Months For Racketeering

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that ELIZABETH PORTUGAL, age 28, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to12 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for Interstate Travel or Transportation in Aid of Racketeering Enterprises, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1952(a)(3).

The charge is a result of an investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and was coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) of the Eastern District of Oklahoma.  OCDETF is an initiative led, and coordinated by, the Office of the United States Attorney.  The defendant was indicted in July, 2014 and pled guilty in October, 2014.

The Honorable James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which she will serve her nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

Updated April 10, 2015