An Oklahoma tribal chief was indicted in federal court Wednesday, accused of embezzling approximately $150,000 from the tribe, federal officials said.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Second Chief Roger Dana Barnett, 53, of Bristow, was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents.
He is accused of using tribal money and funds for personal use between April 2013 and April 2014, court documents reveal.
The investigation began after tribal officials contacted federal authorities about possible misuse of tribal funds, U.S. Attorney’s spokeswoman Trisha Young said.
The indictment, unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Tulsa. However, the court documents do not detail the embezzlement allegations.
If convicted, the tribal official could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.