A one-time Choctaw Nation official was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a pay-to-play scheme.
Former Choctaw Nation construction director Jason Merida was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Payne in the court system’s Eastern District of Oklahoma. In addition to the prison time, the defendant must serve 10 years of supervised release.
Merida was convicted in November on two counts each of theft and tax fraud and one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit bribery. He was acquitted of an additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
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