Oklahoma man alleges threats by ex-auditor

Doug Stoy says he turned down former girlfriend LaTisha Raye Reid when she recruited him to participate in a plan to defraud the state. Reid and a convicted murderer are on trial for conspiracy.
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Published: April 25, 2012
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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.

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