Michael Gibson

Michael Gibson

 

An Allen man and a Coalgate woman were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday for allegedly stealing money from tribal agencies.

United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma Sheldon J. Sperling said Michael Marion Gibson, 34, Allen, was charged with embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Gibson was employed at the Chickasaw Nation Laser Zone Family Fun Center in Ada when he allegedly stole money bags which contained $3,000. The reported theft occurred Aug. 2, 2006, according to Sperling.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Also indicted by a grand jury was 46-year-old Mary Lynn Ott-Clem of Coalgate. Clem was charged with “theft by officer or employee of gaming establishment on Indian lands,” Sperling said.

“The Indictment alleges that from on or about June 1, 2009, and continuing until on or about July 14, 2009, the defendant, an employee of the Choctaw Nation Stringtown Casino, embezzled more than $2,000.  The charges arose from an investigation by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.”

Sperling said if convicted, Gibson could face up to five years in prison and pay fines of not more than $250,000. Ott-Clem could receive up to 20 years in prison and face fines of not more than $1 million.

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