The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee announced Thursday afternoon that Joetta Tyler-Hyde, 54, of Sallisaw, has pleaded guilty to theft of federal program funds. The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The information alleged that Tyler-Hyde, a former Town of Roland employee, embezzled, stole and intentionally misapplied property worth at least $5,000 from the town. U.S. Judge Steven P. Shredder accepted the defendant's guilty plea, and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled upon its completion. The defendant remains on bond pending sentencing. The range of punishment is not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 or both. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Horn represented the United States in the case.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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