The former principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation has been indicted for bribery, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

George Phillip Tiger, 69, of Bristow was indicted on "bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds," a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office states. The charge is punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine, or both.

Tiger was an agent of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) from Sept. 26, 2017, through Dec. 4, 2018, the release adds. His duties included serving as the chairman of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board.

The indictment alleges that from about Sept. 26, 2017, through about Feb, 15, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, Tiger "did corruptly solicit, demand, accept and agree to accept a thing of value from persons known to the Grand Jury, intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with a transaction or series of transactions of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) involving $5,000 or more."