A former auditor on trial on a conspiracy charge testified Wednesday that her co-defendant didn't know about a scheme to steal money from the state's unclaimed property fund, even though he cashed a check derived from the scam.
LaTisha Raye Reid acknowledged stealing David Duane Edinburgh's driver's license and Social Security card, then using them to create bogus documents needed to file a claim.
Reid said Edinburgh, a convicted murderer who dated Reid's aunt, was unaware of a plan to create fake court documents and fake death certificates to defraud the state out of nearly $10,000. Edinburgh, 60, of Choctaw, served time for the shooting death of his stepfather in 1990.
Edinburgh, she testified, regularly left his keys and wallet in plain sight and was an easy mark.
“It was easy access,” she said.
Reid testified that when Edinburgh received a check from the state in the amount of $9,901.99, he called her because he knew she was an internal auditor for the treasurer's office.
“He was worried that it was a scam and that he would have to pay it back,” she said. “I told him it was a legitimate check.”
Reid is accused of stealing about $30,000 from the $350 million unclaimed property fund in 2010 and 2011. She was fired in June and indicted by the state multicounty grand jury in September.
State prosecutors allege Reid used relatives and friends, including her aunt and Edinburgh, in her scheme.
Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers called Reid a liar who is trying to keep her aunt's boyfriend, who is on parole, from returning to prison.
“You're telling this story to the jury today to keep Mr. Edinburgh from getting back in trouble, aren't you?” Rogers said.
“No,” she said.
Reid pleaded guilty April 11 to 23 of the 24 counts against her. In addition to conspiracy to defraud the state, Edinburgh is facing charges of forgery and obtaining money by false pretenses.
Reid told jurors in Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliott's court
The case is expected to go to the jury Thursday morning.