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Former auditor in Oklahoma treasurer's office will face trial

LaTisha Raye Reid, a former auditor for the Oklahoma treasurer's office, is accused of stealing thousands from state's unclaimed property fund. She could plead guilty to 23 of 24 charges against her.
BY TIM WILLERT Published: April 11, 2012

Trial is set to begin Wednesday for a former internal auditor at the state treasurer's office who is charged with conspiring to steal money from the state's unclaimed property program.

LaTisha Raye Reid, 43, of Oklahoma City, is charged with computer crimes, forgery, obtaining money by false pretenses, attempting to obtain money by false pretenses, false impersonation and conspiracy to defraud the state.

She is accused of stealing about $30,000 from the $350 million unclaimed property fund in 2010 and 2011, according to investigators at the state treasurer's office.

Reid is charged with 24 counts in four different cases, court records show. She was expected to plead guilty Monday to the charges but changed her mind when state prosecutors refused to accept an Alford plea on a conspiracy charge in one of the cases.

Under an Alford plea, the defendant asserts innocence but admits the prosecution has evidence likely to persuade a judge or jury to render a guilty verdict.

Oklahoma County District Ray Elliott declined to allow the Alford plea because both attorneys did not agree on it.

“It's my belief that she committed all the crimes,” Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers said Tuesday.

She could plead guilty to all but the conspiracy charge Wednesday morning, her attorney said.

Reid was fired by the agency in June. The state multicounty grand jury indicted her in September, alleging she misused state computers, created fake court documents and fake death certificates, and used relatives and friends in her scheme.

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