EIC case dismissed from MCN District Court

EIC case dismissed from MCN District Court

Angel Ellis/Reporter

MCN Prosecutor enters motion to dismiss the case

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Three former Eufaula Indian Community (EIC) officials were present in MCN District Court April 22 for a discovery hearing that resulting in the dismissal of the charges filed by the MCN Attorney General’s Office.

MCN Prosecutor Shelly Harrison said the tribe enlisted the help of federal law officials to obtain discovery documents.

“We happened to get some help from the feds to get some of the documents and records that they were wanting,” Harrison said.  “In the meantime, the FBI and the Eastern District have decided that they would like to handle this case as well.”

“At this time we are going to dismiss our case and let this case go federal, ” Harrison said.

Defense Attorney Matthew Hall expressed double jeopardy concerns.

“We don’t object to dismissal but we would like to note that we still have two motions before this court,” Hall said. “I would be filing double jeopardy motions in the event that we have anything here that is unresolved.”

The case began in MCN District Court July 2018.

Complaints filed with the MCN District Court July 17, alleged EIC CEO Judd Pickering, Treasurer Twanna Susie Deere and Office Manager Lydia Anglin stole ‘the Nation’s Funds, Program Income or other Federal Funds.’

The complaints allege Pickering stole $42,517 from community center funds; Anglin, $13,631; and Deere, $6,350.

Following the complaints, MCN Principal Chief Floyd signed an executive order July 17, stating EIC failed to submit a required audit for the fiscal year 2017 and that it ‘engaged in improper and corrupt financial transactions.’

According to Judge Greg Bigler, the MCN District considers the matter closed.

“As far as this court and this jurisdiction is concerned this matter is dismissed,” Bigler said. “Good luck to each of you.”

Mvskoke Media staff reached out to Eastern District of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester but did not get comment by press time.

An email was sent to MCN Attorney General, but Mvskoke Media did not have a response by press time.

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