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From news release:

FEDERAL GRAND JURY CRIMINAL INDICTMENTS ANNOUNCED

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - United States Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling announced today the results of the January 2008 Federal Grand Jury.

The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury.  A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt.  A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant.  A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Statutory maximum punishments are in parentheses.   United States Sentencing Guidelines may be considered, upon conviction, by the sentencing court.  Federal prison sentences are non-parolable.

CYNDY K. WORLEY, age 52, of Gore, Oklahoma. One Count of Social Security Fraud and five counts of Theft of Government Funds.  Charges arose from an investigation by Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.  From October 2003 to August 2007, WORLEY, allegedly, having made application to receive  payments as representative payee for the use and benefit of her mother, and having received such SSA payments, converted the payments for her own use rather than for the use and benefit of her mother.  WORLEY allegedly intentionally concealed the death of her mother in order to continue to receive and spend SSA payments, fraudulently obtaining approximately $44,717.00 in SSA payments.  The charges are in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(5) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.

(Social Security Fraud -- up to five years imprisonment and/or $250,000 fine and Theft of Government Property -- up to ten years imprisonment and/or $250,000 fine)

Assistant United States Attorney Paul G. Hess

JIMMY DALE RUSSELL a/k/a JAMES MEADOWS, age 52, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition and Possession of Unregistered Firearm.  Charges arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  On or about the 8th day of May 2007, RUSSELL, after having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term in excess of one (1) year, allegedly possessed an unregistered firearm, an Ithaca Gun Company, Model 66, .410 gauge lever action single shot shotgun and Winchester brand, .410 gauge ammunition­, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.  The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1). 

(Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition - up to ten years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine; and Possession of Unregistered Firearm -- up to ten years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine)

Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson

JULIE MARIE LAMBERT, age 29, of Atoka, Oklahoma.  Embezzlement by Tribal Employee.

Charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  On August 9, 2007, LAMBERT, an employee of an Indian tribal organization, that is: a payout clerk of the Choctaw Nation Casino located in Stringtown, Oklahoma, allegedly embezzled $4,600.00 of the moneys, funds, and credits belonging to the Choctaw Nation that had been entrusted to the custody or care of an employee of the Choctaw Nation, The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1163.

(Up to 5 years imprisonment and/or up to $250,000 fine)

First Assistant United States Attorney Douglas A. Horn

MARION LADON ANTWINE, age 28, of Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition.  Charges arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  On the 7th day of September, 2007, ANTWINE, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, allegedly possessed a firearm, a Hi-Point model JC .40 caliber handgun, and ammunition, six (6) rounds of Winchester, .40 caliber, all of which were shipped and transported in interstate commerce.  The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

(Up to ten years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine)

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace

JIMMY ALLEN EASTEP, JR., age 38, of McCurtain County, Oklahoma.  Two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.  Charges arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  On May 11, 2007, EASTEP, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year allegedly possessed, firearms, a Ruger, model 10/22, .22 caliber rifle, a Ruger, model 10/22, .22 caliber rifle, and an Astra, model Astra 357, .357 caliber revolver, all of which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, and in relation to a drug trafficking crime for which he may be prosecuted in a court of the United States, which is knowingly and intentionally possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute same. The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2, and Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c) and 2.

(Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition - up to ten years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine; Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine - up to 30 years imprisonment and/or $1,000,000 fine;  and Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime - not less than five years imprisonment and/or $250,000 fine)

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace