A trucking agent has been accused of paying a $3,000 bribe to an Oklahoma Tax Commission employee, who was secretly cooperating in the probe of wrongdoing involving the state agency, according to a story in The Oklahoman. More indictments are possible.
The agent, Gerald Steven Wright, was under surveillance when he handed over the money last year. The grand jury indictment was made public Friday in court.
Wright previously owned Highway Express Services Inc., a now-closed business that helped truckers nationwide get their tags in Oklahoma.
Wright is accused of paying the bribe Oct. 23, 2001, to get the employee to backdate 339 truck registration applications. He allegedly wanted the applications backdated to Oct. 17, 2001, one day before Gov. Frank Keating approved rules changing how agents register trucks.
The grand jury indicted him Wednesday on the felony bribery charge. Wright faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Wright is the eighth person charged in the tax agency case. Grand jurors will continue their investigation Dec. 10.