MUSKOGEE, Okla. - UPDATE: George Phillip Tiger pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge on Friday. He will be free on bond pending a sentencing hearing.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced August 14 that George Phillip Tiger, former principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has been indicted on suspicion of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds."
Officials allege 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 U.S. Attorney's Office believes the alleged bribery happened between Sept. 26, 2017, and Feb. 15, 2019. Tiger served as chairman of the Economic Development Authority Board for the AQTT for a portion of that time.
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."
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