AG office files charges on tribal employees

AG office files charges on tribal employees
Two current and two former MCN employees are set to appear in court on Jan. 28 for the alleged theft of Nations funds, program income or other federal funds. MM

Theft of Nation’s funds filed against tribal employees

By: Angel Ellis/Reporter

OKMULGEE — According to a Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court docket published for Jan. 28, four former and current MCN employees, including Neely Tsoodle, Sherman Hicks, Ernest McPerryman, and Oscar Hicks are facing charges of theft of Nation’s funds, program income or other federal funds.

Human Resources confirmed that two of the four employees are still employed with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.  However, Tsoodle and Oscar Hicks’ are no longer employed with MCN.

MCN Attorney General’s office filed one count of theft of the Nations Funds, Program income, or other federal funds against Tsoodle Nov. 29, 2018. Tsoodle separated from the tribe Nov. 23,  2018.

‘The Defendant [Tsoodle] did willfully misapply funds from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and BOK Center/SMG Tulsa Agreement to start a “ticket bank” which were not used to benefit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation,’ the document states.’

‘the defendant then obtained approximately $1,778.00 worth of concert tickets through the ticket bank which were not used to benefit the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.’

Additionally, the defendant is accused of using tribal funds to purchase 100 tickets to a Thunder game for the Employee Appreciation Day documents state. However, only 11 tickets were distributed to employees.

According to court filings, the remaining 89 tickets had an approximate value of $5,785.00. She is being represented by Brenda Golden.

Records state the alleged crime is a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to three years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000.00.

 Oscar Hicks’ employment with the tribe ended in July of 2017. He faces one count of theft of Nation’s funds, program income or other federal funds.  He is being represented by Donald Slaughter.

According to court filings, ‘The defendant did use for his own financial gain by using Muscogee (Creek) Nation tools during work hours while employed at Arbor Services.’

McPerryman and Sherman Hicks are also facing the same charges.  MCN Human Resources confirmed that both McPerryman and Sherman Hicks are still working for the tribe. Sherman Hicks is being represented by Jared Desilvey.  No attorney is listed for McPerryman.

According to court filings, ‘The defendant did use for his own financial gain by using Muscogee (Creek) Nation tools during work hours while employed at Arbor Services.’

Records state the crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years and/or a fine of not more than $15,000.00.  It did not classify the alleged crime as felony or misdemeanor.

MCN Human Resource Policy and Procedure Manual states, ‘Any person discharged/terminated or convicted of embezzlement and/or theft from any organization shall not be eligible for hire/rehire (NCA 15-138).’

Mvskoke Media reached out to Principal Chief James Floyd.

“This office and the Executive Branch does not comment on the status of former employees of the Nation,” Principal Chief Floyd said via email.

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  • Jeff TLC
    January 25, 2019, 1:42 pm

    I find it hard to believe that Sherman Hicks and Ernest McPerryman are still employed at Arbor Services. At the very least they should be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of there trials. Has Arbor Services explained the reason for their continued employment? Are they being monitored to insure they are not continuing with the activity they are accused of? Mvskoke Media, please follow up on this story and keep the citizen informed. Mvto.

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