Two Oklahomans arrested in truck tag scheme

| Monday, August 19, 2002

A trucking company agent and a former state tax commission employee pleaded not guilty Monday to a grand jury indictment, according to a published report.

The grand jury indicted Jason Andrew Frias and former Oklahoma Tax Commission employee, Herbert Coles Jr. on charges of conspiracy to defraud the state. The two men are accused of helping cheat the state out of $45,978 in commercial truck fees.

The grand jury says Frias or Coles collected cab-card payments from out-of-state truckers 29 times but kep the money "for their own personal gain."

Frias was released after posting $2,000 bail.

Twenty-three-year-old Frias' company Oklahoma Truck Tags For Less tauts "no sales tax, no excise tax, no personal property tax" on its web site, which offers a number of trucking industry services. The web site lists Frias and Mack James as company contacts, however, James did not respond to requests for comment on Frias' arrest.

Frias and James are among the seven people who have been charged during the OTC investigation.

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