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Indictment brings perjury counts

By Nolan Clay Published: December 22, 2007
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A longtime Department of Human Services employee has been indicted for allegedly lying to the state grand jury 13 times, including about misuse of her state computer.

Barbette Estelle Hull, 45, of Poteau will keep her data services job for now, a DHS spokesman said. A just-started administrative review could result in discipline.

The multicounty grand jury is investigating allegations of wrongdoing in political campaigns at the Kiamichi Technology Center, which offers classes for career technology students in southeastern Oklahoma. Hull is married to Chad Hull, the center's public relations coordinator.

The grand jury earlier indicted Chad Hull, 43, and others for allegedly using career tech equipment to make political material for Norm Ranger, who won election this year to the technology center's board.

Accused of perjury
A prosecutor said Friday that Barbette Hull misused her DHS computer to prepare or assist in preparing campaign literature for Ranger and other board members.

The prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Joel-lyn McCormick, said the grand jury's judge gave Barbette Hull immunity from prosecution for her actions as long as she testified truthfully.

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