Leader to be Sentenced in Immigration Case

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The leader of a group that claims to be an American Indian tribe faces sentencing in federal court for defrauding immigrants.

Malcolm Webber was convicted in August on six felony charges arising from the Kaweah Indian Nation's false claims that tribal membership gave them U.S. citizenship. The jury acquitted him on a
conspiracy count.

The U.S. Probation Office is recommending a sentence between 108 and 135 months in prison. Prosecutors are recommending 210 months in prison. The defense says a year in prison is enough.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown has already ruled in a preliminary order Webber must also forfeit more than $377,000.

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