Archive for the ‘Jeff McMahan’ Category

McMahan’s Attorneys Want Bulk of Charges Dismissed

April 4, 2008

According to a report in The Oklahoman, former auditor Jeff McMahan’s attorneys are seeking to have four of the nine counts against him and eight of the nine counts against his wife dropped in the case against the couple. Their reasons include the fact that Mrs. McMahan is not a public official, and that, “there’s no clear link between his acceptance of trips from businessman Steve Phipps and the alleged help the auditor later provided Phipps.”

Meanwhile, lawmakers are using the trial’s publicity to bring publicity and, some are hoping, increased funding to for the ethics commission. In KOCO.com report outlining the various funding proposals, Rep. Lucky Lammons (D-Tulsa), pointed out that his, “ethics funding proposal is a tiny fraction of the state’s $7.1 billion budget and it is unreasonable to reject it when lawmakers are willing to spend $500,000 to investigate indicted Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan in connection with impeachment proceedings.”

Video: McMahan 2006 campaign commercial featuring his mother.

“I always raised Jeff to do what’s right.”

“A lot of men would look the other way when money is involved, but not my son.”

The "McMahan" Plot Thickens… (Corrected)

February 26, 2008

Thanks to the attentive readers who brought to my attention that yesterday this story was posted with factual mistakes. As they unanimously pointed out, I had two ongoing stories confused. Please accept my sincere apology. The incorrect information has been corrected, in the title and in the first paragraph below.


As OKPNS previously reported, The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 100-0 to begin an investigation, which could potentially lead to the impeachment of State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan, who, along with his wife, Lori, are facing charges of bribery, mail fraud, and conspiracy at the federal level. Eight members of the OK House of Representatives have been assigned to decide whether State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan should be impeached.

The Democrat Co-Chair of the eight-member impeachment-hearing panel is now reported to have tried to purchase an abstract company from McMahan, but was unsuccessful, because McMahan “declined to deny a permit request for a competing company.”

According to the Oklahoman, David Braddock is denying that the previous interaction between the two men, and his current seat as co-chair of the panel present an ethics issue.

Panelists Assigned to the McMahan Impeachment Hearing

February 20, 2008

Eight members of the OK House of Representatives have been assigned to decide whether State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan should be impeached. Those representatives are as follows:

McMahan’s Impeachment Investigation Underway

February 19, 2008

The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 100-0 to begin an investigation, which could potentially lead to the impeachment of State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan, who, along with his wife, Lori, are facing charges of bribery, mail fraud, and conspiracy at the federal level.

KOKO 5 in Oklahoma City quotes House Democratic Leader Danny Morgan of Prague, as saying:

The No. 1 item we ran on our agenda this year was ethics. If there’s wrongdoing, it certainly should be investigated. This is probably the most serious issue we’ll deal with this year…This is not a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats alike should be held accountable to the same standards. That is why we believe that an investigation into the state auditor and inspector is entirely appropriate and necessary.

The Comanche County Chronicle also printed a statement released by Morgan, which added:

Every person deserves their fair day in court. However, it is the Constitutional duty of this body to investigate if any impeachable offenses have occurred. If any unethical behavior has occurred, then the State Auditor and Inspector should be removed from office. We look forward to working with the Speaker and all of our colleagues in the House into investigating the charges brought against Jeff McMahan.

EXCLUSIVE: Republican Caucus Moves Forward to Impeach McMahan

February 12, 2008

“We need to take the politics out of this situation as much as possible. Considering impeachment of a statewide-elected official is very serious, and we plan to move forward in a bipartisan manner so the charges can be fully reviewed without bias.” – Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa.

DEVELOPING…

Sources are telling the Oklahoma Political News Service tonight that as early as next week, new Speaker Chris Benge will start assigning members to a special investigative committee with full subpoena power.

It is expected that the special committee will ultimately file articles of impeachment against the embattled State Auditor and Inspector.

OKPNS will continue to investigate.

Video: Rep Reynolds Call for State Auditor’s Impeachment

January 28, 2008

Sunday Extra: Commentary on Oklahoma’s Bonny & Clyde

January 20, 2008

Only an absolute moron would take a picture like this, while at
the same time, allegedly engaging in bribery and other illicit
schemes

An event that was as inevitable as the sun rising in the east occurred last Friday. Jeff McMahan and his wife Lori were FINALLY indicted on conspiracy and
bribery charges.

McMahan, who claimed he didn’t know shyster Steve Phipps – accepted gifts, in addition to, hunting and gambling trips from him. It makes you wonder? Are these people just that stupid, cocky, or both? How could you not think that people weren’t going to notice your alleged illegal dealings?

Here’s one example of their stupidity and greed. Lori McMahan allegedly received a pair of $500 earring as a gift from Stipe. Now, instead of getting rid of the earrings – that you can never wear in public again – she stashes them at her sister’s house! If she wasn’t so greedy, that one less count could have knocked a few years off that long prison term she’s facing.

BREAKING: McMahan & Wife Indicted; OKPNS Predicted It Monday

January 18, 2008

“Reliable sources tell the Oklahoma Political News Service there will be two more indictments handed down this Friday from a Federal Grand Jury.” (1/14/08)

Read more:

Tulsa World

Oklahoman

Statement from Oklahoma GOP Chair Gary Jones:

“Today is a disappointing day for Oklahoma with the nine count federal indictment of State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan and his wife. The office of State Auditor is one that requires a person that will conduct themselves in a manner that is above reproach. I agree with Governor Henry the Auditor should step down immediately until this situation is resolved. “

Tulsa Today: (1/2/08) McMahan brother accused of political felony

OKPNS FLASHBACK: Jeff McMahan’s “Other” Scandal

TipLine: Jeff McMahan & Randal Erwin Close to Indictment?

January 14, 2008

Reliable sources tell the Oklahoma Political News Service there will be two more indictments handed down this Friday from a Federal Grand Jury.

Embattled State Auditor & Inspector Jeff McMahan and former lawmaker Randal Erwin are said to be under investigation by the FBI for numerous alleged misdeeds. OKPNS will continue to investigate and pass along any information we receive.

Lewis Given Deferred Sentence In Stolen Trailer Case

December 22, 2007

Hat tip:You can hear it all…Thru the GRAPEVINE!


From the Tecumseh Countywide News & Shawnee Sun:

The case of the stolen campaign trailer was laid to rest Tuesday when a City of Tecumseh employee pleaded no contest to a charge of concealing stolen property and was given a deferred sentence.

The charge against Justin Lewis of Macomb will be dismissed if he successfully completes the five-year deferred sentence, including two years of supervised probation, $1,808 in restitution, 100 hours of community service and some court costs.

District Judge Doug Combs went against the recommendation of District Attorney Richard Smothermon in granting the deferred sentence. Smothermon, who handled Tuesday’s appearance himself, said he had, “from day one, recommended a three-year suspended sentence if he would disclose who actually did it.” Read more…