Oklahoma Tax Commission auditor allegedly received $20,000 in
bribes last year for aiding in a fraudulent scheme involving truck
tags, according to a story in The Oklahoman. A grand jury is scheduled
to meet again this week to investigate whether private trucking
agents paid bribes to agency employees to get cheaper tags.
Brian Brantley has not been charged but is being investigated
by the grand jury. Investigators reported tracing three cashier's
checks to him. He resigned last month after refusing to testify
before the grand jury.
allegedly involved sending out a trucking company's expected mileage
bill and collecting payment while getting "a corrupt Oklahoma
Tax Commission person" to rework the mileage to make the
bill less, the newspaper reported. The service agent then paid
the new fraudulent bill, keeping a portion of the excess money
and paying the remainder to persons such as Brantley, who then
assisted in reworking the mileage.
trucking agent, Ronnie Cantwell Jr., has testified he split $100,000
made off a fraudulent bill with Brantley and two others.