Two Individuals Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Alvin Arely Potts II, age 38, of Durant, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Count Six Conspiracy To Commit Wire Fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343, punishable by not more than 30 years imprisonment, and up to a $1,000,000.00 fine, or both; and that Bobby Joecephus Medina, age 38, of Poteau, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Count Three Uttering A Counterfeit Security With Intent To Deceive, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 513(a) and 2, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine, or both. A copy of the full indictment can be found online at https://www.justice.gov/usao-edok/press-release/file/1025361/download.
The Indictment alleges that from on or about May 23, 2017, through June 9, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, Alvin Arley Potts II, and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, conspired to commit offenses against the United States, that is: To obtain money and property by means of materially false pretenses, representations and promises.
The Indictment further alleges that on or about November 29, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, Bobby Joecephus Medina, did knowingly possess and utter a counterfeited security, to-wit: counterfeit check number 2698 purported to be a genuine check of Chickasaw Nation, Division of Commerce, drawn on an account at First United Bank, Durant, Oklahoma, in the amount of $410.22, with the intent to deceive another.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Durant Police Department, the District 19 District Attorney’s Office, the Chickasaw Nation Tribal Police, the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Melody Nelson will be prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “This investigation is the result of dedicated law enforcement professionals from local, state, tribal and federal jurisdictions working together to serve and protect our communities. This team effort by many different agencies is a wonderful example of the effectiveness of multi-jurisdictional efforts to investigate criminal activity.”
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 pleas and ordered the completion of presentence investigation reports for both defendants.