Missouri artist pleads guilty to falsely claiming to be a Cherokee to sell his artwork
A Missouri man pleaded guilty Wednesday to falsely claiming to be a Cherokee artist to sell his artwork.
Terry Lee Whetstone, 63, of Odessa, was placed on probation for three years as part of a plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.
If Whetstone sells any artwork while on probation, he is required to tell the buyer he is not a member of a tribe. Likewise, he cannot publicly perform his Indian-style flute music without first notifying the audience that he is not a tribe member.