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Two Native American Tribes to Pay $3 Million in Payday Loan Scam

Scott Tucker

Scott Tucker

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Two Native American tribes agreed to forfeit $3 million in money they took in for acting as fronts for a scam run by Scott Tucker, the former race-car driver convicted of operating an illegal payday loan empire.

The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska admitted that Tucker used tribal corporations to evade state usury laws and that representatives of the tribes filed false statements in state enforcement actions against Tucker’s payday loan business, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement Tuesday.