A man testified Tuesday that his former girlfriend threatened him when he refused to go along with a plan to steal money from the state.
Doug Stoy told a jury that LaTisha Raye Reid recruited him on several occasions to participate in a scheme to steal from the unclaimed property fund while she was an internal auditor with the state treasurer's office.
Reid and David Duane Edinburgh, a convicted murderer, are accused of plotting together to steal $9,901.99 from the state fund.
Stoy testified feeling threatened because of “the people involved,” including a relative of Reid's with an arrest for assault and battery and Edinburgh, who was dating Reid's aunt.
“She said she couldn't protect me or my son from what others might do,” Stoy said.
Reid is accused of stealing about $30,000 from the $350 million unclaimed property fund in 2010 and 2011 while she worked at the state treasurer's office.
Reid was fired by the agency in June after Stoy blew the whistle.
He testified grabbing her phone during an argument and composing a text intended for Reid's co-worker that disclosed the fraud. Stoy said Reid “didn't seem to care,” grabbed the phone and hit send.
“It was like she was above it all,” he said.
The state multicounty grand jury indicted Reid in September, alleging she misused state computers, created fake court documents and fake death certificates, and used relatives and friends in her scheme.
One of those friends, Edinburgh, 60, of Choctaw, was paroled in 2009. He spent years in prison for fatally shooting his stepfather in 1990, records show. He has been in jail since being indicted along with Reid.
Reid, who was charged in four cases, pleaded guilty earlier this month to 23 of 24 counts. She denies conspiring with Edinburgh to steal money in the remaining count.
Her attorney, Dustin Phillips, told jurors during opening statements that Reid acted alone.
“My client is guilty of just about everything,” Phillips said. “The only thing we dispute is that Mr. Edinburgh participated.”
Edinburgh's attorney, Craig Hoehns, told the jury his client didn't have any knowledge of Reid's plan to defraud the state.
“She doesn't want to see an innocent man go to prison for something he hasn't done,” Hoehns said.
Reid is expected to testify during the trial that she took Edinburgh's driver's license and Social Security card and made copies without his knowledge.
Stoy, on cross-examination, testified that he overheard conversations Reid had with others about the scheme but said he never overheard Reid and Edinburgh discussing it.
Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers told jurors Reid and Edinburgh conspired to get money “that they had no claim to and split it.”
Besides Reid and Edinburgh, the grand jury indicted Reid's cousin, Gina Dawn Sullivan, 41, of Oklahoma City; Reid's aunt, Shelly Rae Stejskal, 59, of Oklahoma City; and Reid's friend, Rusty Lee Talley, 39.
Each pleaded guilty as part of an arrangement with prosecutors and received five-year deferred sentences. Stejskal and Talley each were ordered to pay back nearly $10,000, court records show.