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Oklahoma man pleads guilty to Apache Tribe embezzlement

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OKLAHOMA CITY – 61-year-old Antonio Carattini pled guilty yesterday to embezzlement from the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to the Indictment filed against Carattini, in the fall of 2010, Pangburn “hired” Carattini – without the approval of the tribe – as a tribal consultant to help with building a new casino in Apache.

The Indictment alleged that Pangburn signed and directed checks for more than $90,000 in tribal casino funds to Carattini, though Carattini did little if any work for the tribe.

The Indictment also alleged that on several occasions, Carattini cashed those tribal checks to him and returned approximately $1,000 in cash to Pangburn.

At sentencing, Carattini and Pangburn each face up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.