Surprises in Stipe v. Phipps

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

Immunity for straw donors who made illegal campaign contributions in 2004?

That’s one of things Steve Phipps testified to during a hearing at the Pittsburg County Courthouse on Thursday.

Phipps was called as a witness in connection with a motion filed by his wife, Brenda Phipps, to dissolve Phipps Enterprises Inc.

The company was owned by former District 7 state Sen. Gene Stipe and by Steve and Brenda Phipps, until last March, according to testimony from Brenda Phipps.

She said her husband, Steve Phipps, signed his interest over to her in March as part of “estate planning” as he prepared to plead guilty to a charge in federal court.

Federal agents have served search warrants on property owned by Stipe and Steve Phipps as part of an investigation into corruption and related criminal activity in Eastern Oklahoma.

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