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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Employee of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Jackson, Miss. – Savannah Galvan, 30, of Philadelphia, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, entered a guilty plea today before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to embezzlement for her role in the unauthorized use of a tribal-issued fuel credit card to purchase fuel for her personal use, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.

The embezzlement took place at gas stations located in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, while Galvan was employed with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians as Recreation Coordinator for the Crystal Ridge Facility Building.

Sentencing has been set for May 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Galvan faces a possible statutory sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Choctaw Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Payne.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 6, 2019