Grand jury indicts Oklahoma City restaurant owner

by Nolan Clay Published: June 19, 2012

© Copyright 2012, The Oklahoman

The state grand jury has indicted the owner of the upscale Oklahoma City restaurant where a victory party was thrown in 2006 for Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, The Oklahoman has been told.

Wade Starr, 41, is set to make his first court appearance on the three-count criminal charge Wednesday morning.

The multicounty grand jury issued the indictment Thursday. The charge was sealed from public view so the defendant's identity has not been officially disclosed.

The indictment is believed to be a perjury case involving Starr's testimony before the grand jury. Starr declined to comment Tuesday.

Grand jurors heard from more than 30 witnesses during its investigation of accusations about the party celebrating Prater's election. The celebration on Nov. 20, 2006, was at Cafe Nova.

The grand jury reported last week the accusations of wrongdoing by Prater were “unfair, untrue and unjust.”

The grand jury concluded in its report about the party that two defense attorneys for a pharmacist charged with murder were behind the accusations.

The grand jury reported Starr signed a false statement about who paid for the party and was the source of a bogus invoice that supported the statement.

The grand jury also reported Starr in his testimony admitted his statement about the party wasn't true and that signing it was “a really stupid decision.”

In the statement, Starr claimed an attorney, Lewis B. Moon, paid the bill for the party at Prater's request.

Starr also claimed the bill was about $12,700 and that the party was to raise money for Prater.

The chief accusation against Prater was that Moon made an illegal, excessive campaign contribution by paying for the party and that Prater later showed Moon favoritism in a criminal case.

The grand jury reported the allegation that Moon paid for the party is simply not true.

The grand jury reported it identified the true sponsors of the party.

The grand jury reported those sponsors paid $10,000.

The grand jury also reported the party “had nothing at all to do with the manner” Prater handled an alcohol-related case against Moon.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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