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Former MCN employee charged with theft of tribal funds

Former MCN employee charged with theft of tribal funds

(MNN File Photo) According to a warrant obtained from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court, former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Community Research and Development Director Floyd Jones has been charged with theft of tribal funds and use of tribal property for political campaign purposes. Jones is innocent until proven guilty in MCN District Court.

'Lighthorse Tribal Police Department Investigator Anthony Wind said it is important to remember that at this time, these are charges and Jones has not been convicted of a crime in the tribal courts.'

Jessica McBride/Media Coordinator

LTPD issues warrant for Jones’ arrest

OKMULGEE, Okla. — According to a warrant obtained from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court, former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Community Research and Development Director Floyd Jones has been charged with theft of tribal funds and use of tribal property for political campaign purposes.

View the warrant here.

MCN Code Annotated Title 14, Section 2-421 located on the MCN Supreme Court’s website discusses theft of the Nation’s funds, program income or other federal funds and states that the penalty for this crime is a felony.

MCNCA Title 37, Section 6-106 located on the MCN Supreme Court’s website discusses use of tribal property for political campaign purposes and states that the penalty is a misdemeanor.

Lighthorse Tribal Police Department Investigator Anthony Wind said it is important to remember that at this time, these are charges and Jones has not been convicted of a crime in the tribal courts.

Wind said a complaint was brought to LTPD in May, and forwarded to the investigations division.

“The particular complaint stems from his time as director of Community Research and Development. We had four main focal points of the investigation and of those four focal points we were able to file five different charges.

“As it sits right now, Mr. Jones is faced with four counts of theft of the Nation’s funds, program income or federal funds, and one count of use of tribal property for political campaign purposes. He used some of the tribe’s property in events pertaining to George Tiger’s campaign,” he said.

Floyd previously ran in the MCN second chief special election to replace former MCN Second Chief Roger Barnett.

Wind said LTPD made contact with Jones’ former attorney Brenda Golden so that he could turn himself in when the warrant was issued.

“Well, the warrant came down and she called to let him know, ‘hey, it’s time to turn yourself in,’ and he wasn’t interested in doing that,” he said. “And based on the information that I’ve got, he told her at that time her services were no longer needed and we still don’t know of his whereabouts.”

Wind said LTPD plans to enter Jones’ information into the National Crime Information Center database.

The database allows other law enforcement agencies to view warrants issued when they run an individuals information and help bring them into custody.

“This is a matter that we certainly need to get resolved,” Wind said.

Wind said this is around the fifth case that LTPD has looked into regarding theft of tribal funds.

“This is the kind of thing that we are adamantly pursuing,” he said. “When there’s an accusation of theft of the Nation’s funds, then you bet that our investigations division is certainly going to really look into those matters.”

Wind said he wants citizens to know that individuals will be held accountable for stealing from the Nation.

To report information regarding this case, contact LTPD at any time, day or night at: 918-732-7800 and ask for Investigator Anthony Wind.

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