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Texan pleads guilty in scheme involving ex-Oklahoma chief

October 19, 2019

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 63-year-old Aaron Dewayne Terry of Wichita Falls signed a plea agreement Wednesday in federal court in Muskogee acknowledging his guilt. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed eight similar charges.

Terry said in the agreement 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 Tiger solicited and accepted a bribe between 2017 and 2019.