Ex-lawmaker At Site As Grand Jury Meets

By SUSAN HYLTON
World Staff Writer

MUSKOGEE — Former state Rep. Mike Mass of Hartshorne was at the federal courthouse in Muskogee the same day a grand jury was in session Wednesday, but he said he was not there to testify.

Mass, who is embroiled in an FBI investigation involving former longtime state Sen. Gene Stipe, visited the local office of the Oklahoma attorney general two days after he was subpoenaed to testify in a civil trial involving Stipe and Stipe’s former business partner, Steve Phipps.

The investigation concerns an alleged straw donor scheme in which people who contributed to several Democratic campaigns — including that of U.S. Rep Dan Boren — were reimbursed by companies controlled by Stipe and Phipps. Boren has claimed no knowledge of the scheme. Read more…

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