trucking company agent admitted June 17 that he and an Oklahoma
Tax Commission employee cheated the state out of $100,000 in truck
tag fees, then split the money, according to a story in The Oklahoman.
Cantwell Jr. testified during a bail hearing for Billy Bruce Baber,
a former Tax Commission auditor. Baber is accused in a grand jury
indictment of making a death threat to try to prevent Cantwell
from turning over incriminating documents or testifying about
their "criminal activity," the newspaper reported.
grand jury is investigating charges of bribery at the Tax Commission.
At issue is whether trucking agents paid Tax Commission employees
to falsify documents so truckers could get cheaper tags.
claimed the trucking company paid $176,000 for its tags but Baber
reworked the estimated mileage on the bill so only $76,000 went
to the Tax Commission. Cantwell said the remaining $100,000 was
divided four ways among himself, Baber, boss Dan Kiplinger and
Tax Commission employee Brian Brantley.
earlier this month after he came under suspicion. Brantley resigned
last week after refusing to answer the grand jury's questions.