Tribal Chief Gets Prison for Role in Immigration Scam

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WICHITA - One of the so-called tribal chiefs of a Kansas group that claims to be an American Indian nation is going to prison.

Chuck Flynn showed no emotion Thursday as he was sentenced in Sedgwick County to a year and a day in federal prison for his role in a scheme to defraud immigrants.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown also ordered Flynn to serve three years probation after release. Prosecutors say the Kaweah Indian Nation promised immigrants that tribal membership conferred U.S. citizenship. Federal officials don't recognize the tribe as legitimate.

Flynn pleaded guilty in July to encouraging illegal immigrants to reside in the United States.

His wife, Debra Flynn, will be sentenced Friday. She was the tribe's so-called secretary of state and its chief administrator.