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Appeals court upholds conviction in Choctaw Nation corruption case
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Appeals court upholds conviction in Choctaw Nation corruption case (August 2, 2016)
The case was unusual by several accounts and even drew testimony from the tribe's longtime former chief and his hand-picked successor.

Another employee pleads guilty for Choctaw Nation casino theft
Public Relations
Another employee pleads guilty for Choctaw Nation casino theft (March 31, 2016)
The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, appears to be a hotspot for criminal activity by its employees.

Another guilty plea from ex-employee of Choctaw Nation casino
Public Relations
Another guilty plea from ex-employee of Choctaw Nation casino (March 24, 2016)
The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, appears to be a hotspot for criminal activity by its employees.

Choctaw Nation casino employee accused of stealing from facility
Public Relations
Choctaw Nation casino employee accused of stealing from facility (March 10, 2016)
The Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, appears to be a hotspot for criminal activity.

Former Choctaw Nation official sentenced in casino fraud case
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Former Choctaw Nation official sentenced in casino fraud case (June 2, 2015)
Jason Brett Merida, a tribal member who served as executive director of construction, received 12 years in prison -- the longest of any of the defendants.

Judge weighs sentence in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Judge weighs sentence in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case (May 13, 2015)
Federal prosecutors are seeking anywhere from 14 years to 17.5 years in prison for a tribal employee who oversaw casino construction contracts.

Last defendant to be sentenced for Choctaw Nation casino fraud
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Last defendant to be sentenced for Choctaw Nation casino fraud (April 27, 2015)
So far, seven people have been punished in connection with a casino expansion project in which the tribe was bilked out of $8.5 million.

Opinion: Connecticut tribes scramble to protect gaming empire
Connecticut | Opinion
Opinion: Connecticut tribes scramble to protect gaming empire (April 10, 2015)
The great mystery of Connecticut's casino monopoly is why it lasted so long.

FBI agent discusses probe in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case
Public Relations | Regulation
FBI agent discusses probe in Choctaw Nation casino fraud case (April 8, 2015)
Agent Jeff Youngblood, a tribal member, helped investigate a 'pay to play' scheme that involved a key tribal employee.

Former Choctaw Nation employee plans appeal in criminal case
Openings & Closings | Public Relations
Former Choctaw Nation employee plans appeal in criminal case (November 24, 2014)
Jason Merida, the former head of construction for the tribe, remains free until sentencing.

Former employee found guilty for cheating Choctaw Nation
Openings & Closings | Opinion
Former employee found guilty for cheating Choctaw Nation (November 21, 2014)
Jason Merida is the seventh person found guilty in a case that started when the tribe discovered it had been cheated into purchasing $8.5 million in steel for a casino expansion project.

Choctaw Nation releases statement after guilty verdict
Public Relations | Regulation
Choctaw Nation releases statement after guilty verdict (November 21, 2014)
The tribe strengthened its auditing procedures and will be working on campaign reform in the wake of the trial that captured the attention of its citizens.

Trial into Choctaw Nation fraud winds down with final testimony
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Trial into Choctaw Nation fraud winds down with final testimony (November 20, 2014)
Jason Merida, the former head of construction for the tribe, took the stand in his own defense.

Leader of Choctaw Nation faces tough questions in criminal trial
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Leader of Choctaw Nation faces tough questions in criminal trial (November 19, 2014)
Chief Gary Batton's testimony comes as trial against a former tribal employee nears its end.

Former leader of Choctaw Nation testifies in criminal trial
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Former leader of Choctaw Nation testifies in criminal trial (November 18, 2014)
Greg Pyle accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from companies that performed casino work for the tribe.

Anticipation builds for testimony of Choctaw Nation leaders
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Anticipation builds for testimony of Choctaw Nation leaders (November 17, 2014)
Attorneys for a former tribal employee are expected to call Chief Gary Batton and former Chief Greg Pyle to the stand.

Trial exposes fraud against Choctaw Nation for gaming project
Openings & Closings | Regulation
Trial exposes fraud against Choctaw Nation for gaming project (November 14, 2014)
Chief Gary Batton and former chief Greg Pyle haven't been charged with any crimes but both accepted gifts from outside companies that did business with the tribe.

Trial continues in theft linked to Choctaw Nation casino work
Openings & Closings
Trial continues in theft linked to Choctaw Nation casino work (November 7, 2014)
A witness who pleaded guilty implicated Chief Gary Batton and former Chief Greg Pyle, The Native American Times reported.

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