The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced Thursday that Denise Taylor, 55, of Ardmore, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $21,798.00 for Embezzlement and Theft from an Indian Tribal Organization. The charge arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The Indictment alleged that from  March 19, 2017, to March 29, 2017,, the defendant, did steal, embezzle and knowingly and willfully convert to her own use goods, assets, and other property, with a value in excess of $1,000, which had been entrusted to her custody and care as an employee of the Chickasaw Nation’s Ardmore Smoke Shop # 1, an Indian tribal organization, accorind to a release from the US Attourney's office.         
United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said in the release, “The defendant has been prosecuted and is being held accountable for her criminal conduct due to the thorough investigation submitted to this office by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the work of the members of the United States Attorney’s Office. She will be supervised and monitored during her probationary period by the United States Probation Office that diligently serves the Eastern District of Oklahoma. That office will hold the defendant accountable and ensure that she complies with the conditions ordered by the Court.”