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Valley View, Texas, Woman Pleads Guilty To Theft From Gaming Establishment On Indian Lands

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 Jeannie Irene Stegner, age 52, of Valley View, Texas, entered a guilty plea to Theft From Gaming Establishments On Indian Lands, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1167(a), punishable by up to 1 year imprisonment, up to a $100,000.00 fine, or both.

The Information alleged that on June 9, 2018, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did embezzle, abstract, purloin, willfully misapply, and take and carry away property of a value of $1,000.00 or less 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.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 

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 John David Luton represented the United States.

Updated October 26, 2018

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