WASHINGTON (AP) An Oklahoma construction company owner told a congressional panel Wednesday he paid thousands of dollars in bribes to Indian housing officials in order to get multimillion-dollar contracts on Shawnee and Chickasaw land.
Kraig Kendall, president of K & T Homes Inc., said he tried to get housing contracts through straightforward competitive bidding but was unsuccessful until he began buying gifts and giving cash to housing authority officials and tribal chiefs.
"Initially, I wined and dined them and gave them small presents like turkeys and hams," Kendall said of Shawnee housing authority officials.
Later, he said, he offered the chairman of the authority tickets to Oklahoma University football games and was persuaded by him to do the same for the tribe's chairman.
After sending the two to the Orange Bowl with about $500 in cash and paid hotel reservations, Kendall said he received a contract for a housing project.
Kendall described similar dealings with Chickasaw Nation officials, saying he paid $94,000 on phony invoices from the tribal governor's construction supply company to get $14 million in contracts.
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