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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tulsa Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement and Theft from Indian Tribal Organization

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that LaDONNA JANE BURNS, age 44, Tulsa, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Embezzlement and Theft From An Indian Tribal Organization, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1163, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, and/or up to a $250,000.00 fine.

The charges are a result from an investigation by the Creek Nation Lighthorse Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The defendant was indicted in November 2014.

The Indictment alleged that from on or about April 1, 2013, until on or about September 17, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, being an employee of the Checotah Muscogee Indian Community, an Indian Tribal Organization, did embezzle, steal, willfully misapply and willfully and knowingly convert to her own use more than $1,000.00 of the moneys, funds and credits belonging to the said Indian Tribal Organization.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

Updated March 17, 2015