PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Three members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians were recently indicted by a federal grand jury for theft or embezzlement and wire fraud in separate alleged schemes.
The U.S. Department of Justice news release named Randy Anderson of Conehatta, Kevin Edwards of Standing Pine and Roderick Bell of Bogue Chitto as the trio accused of defrauding the tribe with false claims for travel reimbursement.
According to the MBCI website, Anderson and Bell are current representatives of the Tribal Council.
The indictment alleges the three men forged hotel bills and receipts and submitted those documents to the tribal government for reimbursement for official business travel.
Edwards was set to appear before a judge Tuesday, while Anderson and Bell will appear in court Wednesday.
Theft or embezzlement from a tribal organization carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Wire fraud carries a maximum prison term of twenty years. Each charge can result in a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians released a statement early Tuesday evening acknowledging that it had been notified of the indictments and verifying the identities of the three charged. However, the tribe had no further comment at this time.