Former tribal treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (AP) 2-08

The former treasurer of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to embezzlement from the tribe, including revenue from its Lucky Star casinos.

Edward Dunn Whiteskunk may have to pay as much as $100,000 in restitution after entering the plea in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City.

Prosecutors say Whiteskunk took nearly $6,000 in tribal funds. Records show Whiteskunk admitted keeping $5,919 in July 2003 instead of using the money to fund a trip to Washington state on behalf of the tribes.

The 51-year-old faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in a few months. He was released on his own recognizance pending formal sentencing.

The Hammond resident is the ninth person associated with the tribes to face embezzlement charges as the result of an ongoing FBI investigation.