The former principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $10,000 for his role in a bribery scheme, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.
George Phillip Tiger, 70, of Bristow, pleaded guilty last year in federal court to bribery related to work he did for the Wetumka-based Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town. Tiger was no longer chief at the time prosecutors say he solicited and accepted the bribe.
Prosecutors also announced that 64-year-old Aaron Dewayne Terry, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution for his role in the scheme. Terry was also sentenced to three years in prison on federal tax charges.
The Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town is a federally recognized Indian tribe with 461 enrolled members. Tiger worked as an agent for the tribe when prosecutors say he accepted a bribe from Terry.
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“Instead of acting in the best interests of those he was appointed to serve, Tiger sought out and received unlawful profit for himself,” U.S. Attorney Brian Kuester said in a statement.