One of the three former Tribal Council officials arrested following a 2018 investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office is facing new charges.

Randy Lamar Anderson, 46, of Conehatta was first indicted in February on charges of embezzlement and wire fraud. Now, he faces allegations of inappropriate sexual misconduct and witness tampering.

On Nov. 6, additional charges were returned by a federal grand jury in a superseding indictment, alleging that Anderson, out on bond following his initial court appearance for the first indictment, entered the home of a female Choctaw Indian on reservation lands during the night of August 25 and committed an abusive sexual contact of the woman.

The indictment said the woman, who remains unidentified, “was unable to appraise the nature of the conduct and physically incapable of declining participation in, or communicating unwillingness to engage in, that sexual act.”

It also alleges that in the days following the inappropriate sexual act, Anderson engaged in witness tampering by attempting to intimidate and threaten the victim into not reporting his offense and violations of his bond conditions. He also attempted to persuade and mislead the Choctaw Police Department into pressing criminal charges against his victim in order to dissuade her from filing charges, the indictment said.

Anderson already faces maximum penalties of 5 years in prison for theft from an Indian Tribal organization; 20 years for each of his two counts of wire fraud; a mandatory minimum of three years for burglary, with a maximum of 25 years.

He now also faces a maximum of 15 years for the abusive sexual contact and up to 30 years for each count of Witness Tampering. Each count also can merit a fine of up to $250,000.  

Anderson was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals to await a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19. That hearing had not concluded as of press time.

Anderson was one of three former tribal officials arrested in February, along with former Vice Chief Kevin Edwards, his wife Sheena Edwards and Roderick Bell, who served on several committees for the tribe and chaired the Natural Resources Committee.

Kevin Edwards has been charged with one count of theft, two counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, two counts of actual money laundering and three counts of providing false statements to a bank.

His wife Sheena was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, two counts of actual money laundering and one count of providing a false statement to a bank.

Hurst commended the work of the special agents with the FBI’s Jackson Division who investigated the case. The Leake County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the arrests.

All three cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Cooperstein.