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Leader of fake tribe arrested in immigration scam


The leader of a fake tribe was arrested on Thursday and faces federal charges for selling "membership" to immigrants.

Malcolm L. Webber, who calls himself Chief Thunderbird IV, has been recruiting immigrants to join the Kaweah Nation. He claims membership cards will make it easier for them to gain U.S. citizenship.

Indian and Hispanic organizations complained about the scam, prompting federal and state investigations. Agents from several federal agencies raided the Kaweah Nation's offices in Kansas yesterday.

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Kaweah leader arrested in raid (The Wichita Eagle 9/7)
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Kansas Tribe Raided in Immigration Probe (AP 9/7)

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