August 23, 2015 3:00 pm -


Republican Oklahoma State Senator Rick Brinkley has pled guilty to embezzlement.

Brinkley, a Republican, was charged with five counts of fraud relating to the scheme and one count of filing a false tax return, according to the documents filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

“We will recommend prison time,” U.S. Attorney Danny Williams told a news conference. Sentencing is set for Nov. 1…

Defense attorney Mack Martin told reporters Brinkley decided to plead guilty because it was in the best interest of his family and friends. He also resigned from the state Senate.

“Defendant Brinkley devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud the BBB and obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representation, and promises,” the indictment said.

Brinkley, a state senator since 2010 who is the vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has not commented on the charges.



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