A former Apache tribal consultant accused of taking more than $90,000 in casino funds has pleaded guilty to a federal embezzlement charge.
Antonio Carattini, 61, of Apache, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Oklahoma City federal court.
Carattini was hired by Silver Buffalo Casino general manager John Pangburn without tribal approval in fall 2010.
Pangburn, 60, of Tulsa, wrote and signed checks to Carattini totaling more than $90,000, though little if any work was done for the tribe, U.S. attorney’s spokesman Bob Troester said.
Pangburn received $1,000 cash from several of the checks he wrote Carattini, Troester said.
The casino, which was operated by the Apache Tribe, closed July 30.
Carattini admitted that he received and cashed a check for $3,500 in July 2011 without doing any work for it, Troester said.
Pangburn pleaded guilty to conspiracy to embezzle in September. His sentencing is April 28.
Each man faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Each has agreed to pay restitution to the tribe, with the amount to be set at sentencing, Troester said.