Cheyenne legislator named in indictment 7-07

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A tribal legislator is named in a seven-count
indictment alleging his secretary took casino revenue from the
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes.

The federal indictment alleges that Louella Oldbear, 55, lied when
she said she wasn't aware that Roy Dean Bullcoming had purchased
vehicles for himself and others using tribal money.

Besides a count of making false statements to an FBI agent, Oldbear
was accused earlier of taking $15,000 from the tribes in 2003.

Bullcoming said last week's indictment was news to him.

He still awaits resentencing in a previous case in which he was
convicted on 14 similar charges in tribal court.

Bullcoming had served about a year in jail after a tribal judge
convicted him in September 2005 of 14 embezzlement charges. Those
convictions involve $55,000 he took directly from the tribes' casino
in Watonga.

The judge imposed jail terms totaling three and a half years.

An appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing in late 2006,
saying the judge failed to give Bullcoming a chance to present
information that might have reduced his sentence.

Bullcoming remains in office.

Oldbear is the latest of several Cheyenne and Arapaho employees and
elected officials to be indicted on financial misappropriation

Tribal legislator Vera Franklin was indicted in March on charges of
using $7,000 in tribal money for a personal car in 2002 and 2003,
when she was an elected business committee member.

The tribes' former chairman, James Pedro, is serving a 30-month
prison sentence for embezzling about $200,000. His wife and secretary
also received prison terms.

Information from: The Oklahoman,