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Van Buren, Arkansas Woman Sentenced To 24 Months Probation, $4,000 Restitution For Theft From Tribal Organization

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 Jessie Lee Ross, age 44, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was sentenced to 2 years’ probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,328.20 for Embezzlement And Theft From an Indian Tribal Organization, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1163. The charges arose from an investigation by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  

The Indictment alleged that from on or about September 1, 2014 to on or about September 25, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant stole, embezzled and knowingly and willfully converted to her own use goods, assets, and other property, with a value in excess of $1,000.00, which had been entrusted to her custody and care as an employee of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Casino gift shop, an Indian tribal organization. 

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.

Updated January 31, 2019

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