Monday, June 6, 2011

Multicounty Grand Jury Indicts Five Oklahomans

Indictments unsealed in Oklahoma, Harper, Pittsburg and Cleveland counties

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Attorney General Scott Pruitt last week released the last of four sealed indictments in Cleveland County via the multicounty grand jury. The indictments were issued from the latest session of the grand jury, which ended May 22.

The indictments include counts related to gambling, embezzlement and pornography on a state computer.

“The multicounty grand jury is a critical tool that provides leadership and assistance to local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of a broad range of cases,” Pruitt said. “I commend the assistant attorneys general who are leading this effort and the grand jurors for their continued sacrifice and dedication to this public service.”

The four indictments are as follows:

Oklahoma County
David Roy Tune, 61, Konawa
Clyde Lee “C.L.” Richards, 54, Norman
30 Counts

  • Violation of the Anti-Commercial Gambling Statutes
  • Conspiracy to Violate the Anti-Commercial Gambling Act
  • Engaging in a Pattern of Criminal Offenses
  • Dissemination of Gambling Information
  • Using a Computer to Violate the Anti-Gambling Act 
Harper County
George Wayne Olmstead, 63, Buffalo
19 Counts
  • Downloading Obscene Materials
Pittsburg County
Angela Marie Marcum, 39, McAlester
8 Counts
  • Embezzlement of Public Money
  • Embezzlement of Property Exceeding Value of $500
  • Stealing And/Or Destroying a Public Book or Record
Cleveland County
Roland Benavides, 44, Norman
3 Counts
  • Using a Computer to Violate the Anti-Gambling Act
  • Collusion
  • Violation of the Anti-Gambling Act
The multicounty grand jury was requested by Attorney General Pruitt and approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Jan. 27. It is led by Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers, chief of the Multicounty Grand Jury Unit for the Oklahoma Attorney General.

The multicounty grand jury, which meets again in July, has jurisdiction to investigate criminal matters in all 77 counties, assisting local law enforcement as well as handling matters of state interest.

The state’s 12th multicounty grand jury wrapped up in September. It indicted 10 people and assisted 145 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Grand jurors typically meet to hear testimony two to three days each month. Testimony before a grand jury is closed to the public. 
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