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United States of America v. Travis Neil Patton
Case Number: 4:22-cr-00047
Judge: Gregory K. Frizzell
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (Tulsa County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Tulsa
Description: Tulsa, Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with embezzlement.
Travis Neil Patton, age 33, of Wyandotte, between June and October 2019, mbezzled $10, 782.60 worth of grant funding that had been awarded to the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma by the federal government. The grant money was allocated to support programs to help tribal youth struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Patton had access to and control of the funds when he committed the crime.
The Department of Health and Human Services- Office of Inspector General and FBI were the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Cella prosecuted the case.
18 USC 1163: Theft from Indian Tribal Organization
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 5 years of probation and ordered to pay $10,782.60 in restitution.