Ex-Creek Nation Worker Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Perjury

An ex-Creek Nation worker accused of bilking the government out of more than $2.5 million in cigarette taxes pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a Muskogee federal courtroom Monday.The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Michael Wisner, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and perjury.The former Bixby man was charged after an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI.Officials said it began in June 2008 and continued until December 2009. Federal prosecutors accused Wisner and another man, against whom charges were dropped Friday, of conspiring with a tobacco wholesaler to sell cigarettes in Creek Nation smoke shops at an illegally low tax rate.{}In addition to that, prosecutors said Wisner knowingly made lied under oath before a grand jury.Wisner's guilty plea was accepted. His sentencing date has not been set. {}