Former casino manager indicted for scam - Tuesday 12th of April 2005

A former manager at the Cherokee Nation Casino in Catoosa faces up to two decades in prison stemming from charges that he embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the Cherokee Nation???s lucrative casino in Catoosa.

Dudley Jim Waller, 42, of Preston, is charged with taking more than $50,000 between November 2003 and May 2004, according to the U. S. Department of Justice.

He faces up to 20 years in a federal prison and fines of up to $1,000,000 if convicted.

Officials say Waller scammed the casino by filing a series of false documents called "Refund Forms" to the casino cashier for cash payments or credits that were ostensibly to repay customers who lost money due to malfunctioning gaming machines.

It is alleged that Waller submitted about 188 fake claim forms ranging in dollar amounts from $155 to $630 before casino management caught on to what was happening.

The office of the U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma filed the indictment.

The Native American Times was unable to reach Waller for comment. He does not have a residence listing in Preston.
 

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