Texan pleads guilty in scheme involving ex-Oklahoma chief
The Associated Press - October 20, 2019 8:25 am
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) – A Texas man has pleaded guilty to theft, bribery, and tax fraud charges in a scheme involving former Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger, related to work for the Wetumka-based Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town.
Court documents show that 63-year-old Aaron Dewayne Terry of Wichita Falls signed a plea agreement on Wednesday in federal court in Muskogee acknowledging his guilt. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed eight similar charges.
Terry said in the agreement that he paid Tiger, who was chairman of the tribal town’s economic development board at the time, to influence “ongoing or future business transactions.”
Tiger pleaded guilty to bribery in the case in September. He was principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation from 2011 to 2015.
Prosecutors said that Tiger solicited and accepted a bribe between 2017 and 2019.