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Former Quapaw officials charged with embezzlement conspiracy, stealing tribal money

QUAPAW, Okla. – New criminal charges are filed against several former Quapaw Nation leaders, accusing them of taking unauthorized bonuses worth millions of dollars.

Jack Brill, II, 54, a Neosho, Missouri-based attorney and former Downstream Casino Resort attorney, is accused of orchestrating the payment of $2.343 million to former Quapaw Nation officials, John Berrey, Merlin "Kent" Jones, Jr., Tamara Smiley-Reeves, Janet Cummings and himself in unauthorized checks, according to a criminal complaint filed in Quapaw Nation Court on June 1st.

One of those mentioned in the complaint, Merlin Jones, Jr., died on April 7, 2021.

Brill is charged with embezzlement, attempted embezzlement, conspiracy to commit embezzlement, and two counts of offense by an officer.


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