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Leader from Muscogee Nation pleads guilty to stealing $150K

Roger Dana Barnett. Photo from Muscogee Nation

Roger Dana Barnett, the second chief of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $150,000 from the tribe.

Barnett, 53, entered a petition to plead guilty in federal court yesterday. He admitted that he stole the money between April 2013 and April 2014.

Details of the crime are scarce becuase Barnett's indictment remains under seal. But the U.S. Attorney's Office said the leader stole the money from the tribe's Direct Assistance Fund.

Barnett took the money by using his tribal credit card to make cash withdrawals at casino ATMs, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He said he used the money to gamble.

Barnett faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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