Choctaw Construction Chief Charged

The former head of construction at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, Oklahoma has been charged with embezzlement. Jason Brett Merida allegedly used the ill-gotten gains for his wife’s new breasts and a Cadillac.

Six others have pleaded guilty

The former head of construction administration for the Choctaw Nation of Indians has been indicted in connection with a bribery and embezzlement scheme at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.

According to, Jason Brett Merida is accused of billing for construction services that paid for vacations and breast implants for his wife, and a Cadillac Escalade for himself.

Last August, six people pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the case, which robbed the tribe of about $7 million. They include two former Tulsa executives of Builders Steel Corp., two former construction managers for Tulsa-based Flintco, a former Scott Rice office furniture sales executive and a former Choctaw Nation project manager.

The thefts were detected during a routine audit, the tribe said, and led to an investigation by the FBI and the IRS.