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Leader of fake tribe headed to trial on fraud charges

The leader of a fake tribe in Kansas is headed to trial for allegedly scamming immigrants with false promises of U.S. citizenship.

Malcolm Webber, who calls himself Grand Chief Thunderbird IV, sought to sever his case from fellow members of the Kaweah Indian Nation. A federal judge, however, said all of them can be tried together on various fraud and immigration charges.

The illegitimate Kaweah group issued "membership" cards to immigrants and said they could be used to cross the U.S. border. Immigrants were also told the cards would lead to U.S. citizenship.

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