Two former Kiowa housing officials indicted 4-18-07

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two former Kiowa tribal housing officials have been indicted on a theft accusation in connection with the sale of a tribally owned vehicle.

Charles L. Stickler, 36, Oklahoma City, and Tracy M. Pewo, 39, Anadarko, appeared before federal Magistrate Judge Gary M. Purcell on Monday in Oklahoma City.

Both pleaded not guilty to a single felony count of theft from an Indian tribal organization. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison or a $250,000 fine.

Stickler is a former commissioner for the Kiowa Tribal Housing Programs, which oversees the distribution of Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act block

Pewo served as the executive director of the KTHP from July of 2004 until the housing program was terminated in October of that year.

The indictment against the pair alleges that in March 2005, they sold a tribally owned 2005 Chevrolet Suburban without authorization. The vehicle sold for $35,612, which investigators say the pair used to purchase another vehicle.