Angel Ellis/ Reporter
AQTT owned business investigation reveals conspiracy spanning years
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma—Two employees of Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) owned businesses were indicted on multiple counts ranging from conspiracy, theft and embezzlement on May 14.
A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Oklahoma returned a twelve-count indictment for Aaron Wayne Terry, age 66, of Wichita Falls, TX and Christina Rochelle Anglin, age 44, of Burnsville, NC.
During the time of the alleged conspiracy, from 2012 to 2019, Anglin was the Controller, and later the Chief Financial Officer, for all the AQTT-owned business entities. Terry held various executive management and control positions within the AQTT-owned business entities during this period.
The businesses investigated include Atmospheric Technology Services Company, Atmospheric Science Technology, AQuate Corporation, AQuate Corporation II, AQuate II, LLC, AQT Support Services and AQuate Services, LLC.
The defendants are charged with the following counts in the indictment: Counts One through Eight – Theft by an agent of an Indian tribal government receiving federal funds, Count Nine – Conspiracy to commit theft or bribery of programs receiving federal funds, Count Ten – Wire Fraud, Count Eleven – Conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and Count Twelve – Bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.
Counts One through Eight, and Count Twelve, each carries a statutory range of punishment of not more than ten years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00.
The statutory range of punishment for Count Nine is not more than five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Counts Ten and Eleven each carry a statutory range of punishment of not more than 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00.
According to court documents released by the Eastern District Attorney General Terry allegedly diverted AQTT funds to pay for the legal expenses of his son, who has already entered a guilty plea to multiple counts of fraud, and money laundering. Documents further explain how Terry allegedly diverted funds to his son, diverted AQTT funds to the IRS to pay personal taxes, used AQTT credit cards for his personal expenses and used funds to buy cars for his wife and son.
The documents state that the fund would often be classified as “advances,” “loans,” or “distributions.”
Authorities listed several emails in the indictment which show how Anglin and Terry worked to perfect wording attempting to mislead auditors AQTT officials as money was diverted.
Agencies responsible for the multi-year investigation, which led to the indictment, include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Office of Inspector General – General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General – Small Business Administration, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Army Criminal Investigation Command.
Indictments are not findings of guilt. Individuals charged in indictments are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.