By Randy Mitchell

City Editor

MUSKOGEE — A Texas man pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling funds from the Chickasaw Nation.

Roy Francis Ewing III, 42, Gainsville, Texas, was an employee of the Winstar Casino in Thackerville and allegedly embezzled approximately $47,000 between July and September of 2009, according to Sheldon Sperling, United States attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“Charges arose from an investigation by the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Sperling said. “Ewing was indicted in March 2010.”

Magistrate Judge Kimberly West accepted Ewing’s guilty plea and ordered the completion of a pre-sentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. Ewing remains free on bond pending sentencing.

“The statutory range of punishment is not more than 20 years imprisonment and/or up to $1,000,000 in fines,” Sperling said. “A preliminary calculation of the sentencing guidelines, predicts a term of 8 to 14 months imprisonment.”

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