Attorney was at center
of investigation of DA
An attorney charged Monday was at the center of a state multicounty grand jury investigation of Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater's 2006 campaign victory party.
The grand jury cleared Prater of any wrongdoing in June.
The grand jury investigated allegations that attorney Lewis B. Moon paid for the entire party himself. Moon testified twice.
Prater's accusers claimed Moon paid more than $12,000 to a restaurant for the party. The accusers claimed that was an illegal, excessive campaign contribution.
The grand jury reported Prater's accusers obtained a false statement from the restaurant owner and created a bogus invoice to make it look like Moon paid for the party.
The grand jury concluded Moon did not pay for it — that other attorneys did.
Grand jurors also concluded that the party was not a fundraiser.
The grand jury concluded one of the actual sponsors helped create the bogus invoice and knew Moon would have very little personal memory of the party because of Moon's “severe alcohol intoxication that night.”
The grand jury noted that Prater in May filed an amended campaign report reflecting the party as $10,000 in in-kind contribution from five sponsors. The grand jury noted Prater also repaid some sponsors.
“We believe these actions were intended by Mr. Prater (to), and should, remove even the appearance of impropriety from this celebration party. We commend Mr. Prater for voluntarily undertaking these actions,” the grand jury reported.
Nolan Clay, Staff Writer