Agent admits guilt in Oklahoma truck tag case

| 12/23/2002

Jason Frias, a trucking company agent accused in the Oklahoma truck tag investigation, has pleaded guilty, admitting he cheated the Oklahoma Tax Commission out of trucking registration fees, The Oklahoma City Oklahoman reported Dec. 19.

Frias has also implicated Herbert Coles Jr., a data encoder fired by the Tax Commission, who pleaded not guilty in August to felony charges. Tuesday, Frias testified that he and Coles had diverted "funds which should have gone to the Oklahoma Tax Commission."

The grand jury has indicted eight people in the investigation: Four at the Tax Commission and four who were agents hired by truckers to get tags, The Oklahoman reported. The agents are accused of pocketing thousands of dollars in trucker fees intended for the state and of bribing Tax Commission employees.