The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma said that George Phillip Tiger, 69, of Bristow has been Indicted for Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds, punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.
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 during any one-year period from Jan. 1, 2012 through the date of the indictment. The AQTT is headquartered in Wetumka.
The Indictment alleges that from about Sept. 26, 2017 through about Feb. 15, 2019, 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 or more."
The Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 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 U.S. Attorney Douglas Horn, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Heatherman, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Courtney Jordan represent the United States.
Tiger 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.