Federal judge sets tiger for trial on Oct. 1
Angel Ellis/ Reporter
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – On Aug. 30 George Tiger appeared in Eastern Oklahoma District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty in an arraignment hearing. A federal judge has set Tiger for trial on Oct 1.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Tiger was indicted for bribery on Aug.14.
According to the US Attorneys office Tiger, the former Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, was an agent of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) from Sept. 26, 2017 through Dec. 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 Jan. 1, 2012 through the date of the indictment. The AQTT is headquartered in Wetumka, Oklahoma.
The indictment alleges that from on or about Sept. 26, 2017 through on or about Feb. 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.
Both the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and AQTT have issued statements on the matter. Those statements were published in an earlier article.
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.