Former official pleads guilty

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (AP) 8-08

A former official of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

Roy Dean Bullcoming, a former member of the tribes’ business committee, admitted to taking $5,000 in tribal funds in March 2003 to pay for a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am.

He agreed to pay more than $95,000 in restitution in a plea deal with prosecutors. Fourteen other charges included in a Feb. 20 federal grand jury indictment will be dismissed as part of his agreement.

The 54-year-old Bullcoming, of Seiling, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in a few months.

He already has served about a year in jail after being convicted on 14 counts of embezzlement in tribal court in September 2005.