TWO FORMER QUAPAW TRIBAL LEADERS ARE INDICTED ON CHARGES OF EMBEZZLEMENT

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According to the Quapaw post, Former Chairman John Berrey and former Secretary-Treasurer Tamara Smiley-Reeves allegedly misappropriated funds or were involved in misappropriating over 7 million dollars of tribal money.

There were a total of 18 indictments accusing the pair of embezzlement, conspiracy, abuse of office and a number of other criminal offenses.  

Each indictment  carries a possible 3 year prison sentence according to court documents.

Last summer, Berrey and Smiley-Reeves lost their bid for re-election by the tribe, and were replaced by Joseph Tali and Guy Barker.

Their first court appearance is scheduled for May 6th.  

Click here for Berrey’s response.

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