Charges dismissed against ex-Creek Nation worker

MUSKOGEE, OK. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed charges against a former Creek Nation employee accused of bilking the government out of more than $2.5 million in cigarette taxes.

U.S. District Judge James Payne issued an order Friday dismissing charges against Edward Warrington, a former warehouse manager for the tribe's trade and commerce authority. The charges were dismissed at the request of federal prosecutors.

Meanwhile, a plea hearing is today for another former Creek Nation employee, Michael Wisner II. Wisner was indicted in the same case and is to go before a federal judge in Muskogee.

Federal prosecutors accused the two of conspiring with a tobacco wholesaler to sell cigarettes in Creek Nation smoke shops at an illegally low tax rate.

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