Six Years for Leader Who Promised Citizenship to Immigrants

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The leader of a group that claims to be an American Indian tribe is sentenced in federal court to five years in prison for defrauding immigrants.

Malcolm Webber must also serve three years of probation after he's released and forfeit more than $377,000.

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 recommended a sentence between 108 and 135 months in prison. Prosecutors recommended 210 months in prison. The defense said a year in prison is enough.

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