Immigrant Changes Plea in Kaweah Indian Case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ An illegal immigrant charged in the government's case against the Kaweah Indian Nation is expected to change his plea.

Jaime Cervantes is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning. He's expected to be the first defendant in the government's prosecution of the Wichita-based group to change his plea.

The Kaweah Indian Nation is charged in an alleged scheme to sell tribal memberships to illegal immigrants under the guise it would grant them U.S. citizenship.

Cervantes was charged with misrepresenting he was a U.S. citizen and making a false statement.

Federal prosecutors initially charged a dozen people. The case against Grand Chief Malcolm Webber and the other defendants is scheduled to go to trial in August.

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