Feds, Tribe Wage Legal Battle in Immigration Scam

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ When federal agents raided the Wichita offices of the Kaweah Indian Nation, Malcolm Webber denied any fraud and said he was confused how he could arrest him on ``sovereign soil.''

Nearly a year later, the man who calls himself Grand Chief Thunderbird IV is poised to wage a legal battle in federal court.

Webber's defending himself against charges that he defrauded immigrants in Kansas, Nebraska and elsewhere in the country by
claiming tribal membership conferred U.S. citizenship.

Trial begins Tuesday. Webber says what he did was legal.

Last year, federal prosecutors indicted the tribe and 11 people. On Monday, another defendant was expected to become the latest
defendant to abandon Webber and plead guilty.

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