Former Principal Chief Of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Indicted For Bribery

Former Principal Chief Of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Indicted For Bribery
(MN File Photo) The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Bristow, Oklahoma, resident GEORGE PHILLIP TIGER, age 69, has been Indicted for Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(B), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

Update: Aug 16, 2019

Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) has issued an official statement reguarding the indictment of George Tiger. The statement was issued on official letterhead from the Office of Chief Nelson S. Harjo, Sr.  and Second Chief Robert L. Yargee. 

The release said, “The Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) is aware of the recent announcement by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma of the grand jury indictment brought against George Tiger.”

“Mr. Tiger is the former Chairman of the board for the Alabama-Quassarte Economic Development Authority (AQEDA), the economic development arm for the AQTT.”

“The AQTT wishes to make it clear that Mr. Tiger’s position as Chairman ended in December 2018, and, since then, the AQEDA has been under different leadership and making positive strides in fulfilling the economic development goals for the AQTT.  The AQTT will not be making further comments on the criminal allegations against Mr. Tiger,” the release said. 

UPDATE: Aug 15, 2019 

11:34 AM The MCN Election issued the following statement:

The Constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation prohibits a person from serving as Principal Chief, if such person has ever been convicted of a felony. A felony conviction occurs when a judge or jury finds a person guilty of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. A grand jury indictment or criminal information does not constitute a finding of guilt. The grand jury indictment and criminal information processes are methods of bringing formal criminal charges against a person. A person who has been charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Any person who has been convicted of a felony is ineligible to serve as Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.”

“The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Election Board will continue to monitor the qualifications of all candidates who file for elective offices within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. All qualifications for elective office must be met by any candidate seeking office.”

Muscogee (Creek) Nation (MCN)  Office of Public Relations issued a statement on the indictment of former Principal Chief George Tiger. According to the most recent information released the Tiger’s indictment is linked to a previous investigation. 

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. The article about that investigation was published in June on Mvskoke Media. 

For Immediate Release from MCN Office of Public Relations

Muscogee (Creek) Nation responds to former tribal leader indictment

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has the following statement concerning the recent news of federal charges against former Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) board member George Tiger:

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is aware of the indictment of former Principal Chief George Tiger by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. The activities detailed in the indictment are in no way associated with the governance or operations of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, nor was Mr. Tiger representing the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in any capacity. Any facts in support of charges against Mr. Tiger are alleged to have occurred after he served as Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

The Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) is a separate, federally recognized tribe and is one of three tribal towns located within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation territory. Additional inquiries or requests for more information should be directed to the office of United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester.

For Immediate Release from the Office of United States Attorney’s  for the Eastern District of Oklahoma Brian J. Kuester

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Bristow, Oklahoma, resident GEORGE PHILLIP TIGER, age 69, has been Indicted for Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(B), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

Tiger, the former Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, was an agent of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) from September 26, 2017 through December 4, 2018. His duties included serving as the Chairman of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board. The AQTT formed the EDA to identify, plan, initiate and develop tribal economic and industrial activities on behalf of the AQTT. The AQTT is an Indian tribal government and organization that received federal assistance in excess of $10,000.00 during any one-year period from January 1, 2012 through the date of the indictment. The AQTT is headquartered in Wetumka, Oklahoma.

The Indictment alleges that from on or about September 26, 2017 through on or about February 15, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, Defendant George Phillip Tiger did corruptly solicit, demand, accept and agree to accept a thing of value from persons known to the Grand Jury, intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with a transaction or series of transactions of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) involving $5,000.00 or more.

The Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration – Office of Inspector General, General Services Administration – Office of Inspector General, Army Criminal Investigations Division, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service participated in the investigation that lead to the Indictment.  Assistant United States Attorney Douglas Horn, Assistant United States Attorney Ryan Heatherman, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Courtney Jordan represent the United States.

The above named individual has been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury.  A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt.  A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant.  A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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