Proclaimed Tribal Leader Sentenced in Immigration Case

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

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 federal 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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