New charges filed allege felony conspiracy and misdemeanor misuse of the MCN seal
By Angel Ellis, Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma– The MCN Attorney Generals office filed new charges in the Bruner case on Oct. 8-9. The charging documents list three new felony complaints, and two new misdemeanor charges. In addition to charging Bruner the AG has included Jeremiah Hobia of Wetumka, in the charges.
Bruner and Hobia are each charged with felony conspiracy to possess an unlicensed gambling device, felony conspiracy to maintain a gambling premise, felony conspiracy to commit participating in unlicensed gambling and misdemeanor conspiracy to commit licensure fraud. Bruner is also charged with a misdemeanor-unauthorized use of a MCN seal.
Charging documents for the misdemeanor-unauthorized use of MCN seal allege Bruner used the great seal of the MCN in the tribe’s 2019 primary election campaign material.
The AG has filed a motion to set hearing in the matter of the great seals use. MCN District Court Judge Jeremy Pittman ordered Bruner to appear in the matter to enter a plea on Oct. 22.
Bruner and Hobia are both listed as co-conspirators in the charging documents for conspiracy to possess and unlicensed gambling device.
‘Defendants Bim Stephen Bruner and Jeremiah Hobia and their co-conspirators within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation did conspire to unlawfully, willfully, knowingly own, manufacture, possess, buy, sell, rent, lease, store, repair or transport any unlicensed gambling device or offer or solicit any interest therein; whether through an agent, employee or otherwise,’ documents state.
The documents state that both Bruner and Hobia conspired to maintain gambling premises, felony conspiracy to commit participating in unlicensed gambling and misdemeanor conspiracy to commit licensure fraud.
The charging documents cite a United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Business Development Lease signed by both Bruner and Hobia in Oct. 2015.
The documents also outline the lease agreements between Bruner and the Kialegee Tribal Town.
‘Business Development Lease indicates that Bruner is to receive rent of $300,000. Annually during the construction phase of the casino and then $600,000 or 1.5% of gross revenues from gaming activities whichever is greater,’ charging documents state.
According to charging documents count one, two and three are felonies, which are punishable for up to three years imprisonment and or a fine of not more than $15,000. The misdemeanor is categorized as punishable by up to one-year imprisonment and or a fine of $2,500.
The AG has filed a motion to set hearing in the matter of the felony and misdemeanor conspiracy charges to hearing. Judge Pittman ordered Bruner and Hobia to appear in the matter to enter a plea on Oct. 22.
Mvskoke Media will continue to follow the developments on the case. You can view these filings here.