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Ex-auditor, convicted killer are acquitted of Oklahoma fraud conspiracy charge

LaTisha Raye Reid, 43, of Oklahoma City, testified that David Duane Edinburgh, 60, of Choctaw, had no knowledge of her plan to steal money from Oklahoma's unclaimed property fund. An Oklahoma County District Court jury acquitted them of conspiring to steal nearly $10,000 from the fund.
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Published: April 28, 2012
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An Oklahoma County District Court jury has acquitted a former state auditor and a convicted murderer of conspiring to steal nearly $10,000 from the state's unclaimed property fund.

Jurors deliberated about three hours Thursday before finding LaTisha Raye Reid and David Duane Edinburgh not guilty of conspiracy to defraud the state.

Reid, 43, of Oklahoma City, was accused of stealing $30,000 from the $350 million unclaimed property fund in 2010 and 2011 while she worked as an internal auditor for the state treasurer's office.

State prosecutors alleged Reid used relatives and friends in her scheme, including her aunt and Edinburgh, the aunt's boyfriend.

Three of five defendants in the case pleaded guilty and received deferred sentences.

“While we disagree with the verdict, we wholly respect the judicial process and the sacrifice and service of jurors,” said Diane Clay, spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office.

Reid was charged in four different cases, including one with Edinburgh as a co-defendant.

She pleaded guilty to 23 of 24 charges against her earlier this month, but disputed the conspiracy charge. She is expected to be sentenced on the other counts in June.

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