MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Kristi Michelle Juarez, age 32, of Sanger, Texas pled guilty to Theft By Officers Or Employees Of An Indian Gaming Establishment, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1168(b), punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, and up to a $1,000,000.00 fine or both.
The Indictment alleged that on January 2, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Kristi Michelle Juarez, defendant herein, while an employee of the Chickasaw Nation WinStar World Casino and Resort, did embezzle, abstract, purloin, willfully misapply, and take and carry away in excess of $1,000.00 of moneys 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 charge arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, 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.