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New witness found in Oklahoma bribery case against former Senate leader

BY NOLAN CLAY Published: January 23, 2012

The prosecutors in the bribery case against a former Senate leader have found a new witness — a Nichols Hills man in prison for stealing $10 million from an oil and gas company.

The jury trial for former Senate president pro tem Mike Morgan, prominent attorney Martin Stringer and lobbyist Andrew Skeith is set to begin Feb. 13 in Oklahoma City federal court.

The new witness is Jerry Dale Cash, the former chief executive officer for Quest Resource Corp., Quest Energy Partners and Quest Midstream Partners.

He was sentenced in November 2010 to nine years in federal prison for misappropriating $10 million in company funds for his personal use.

Cash now is claiming Stringer made a confession to him about the bribery case, according to court records. The two were social acquaintances.

Prosecutors disclosed Cash's claim to defense attorneys Jan. 5.

Upset defense attorneys now are demanding records so they can find out more about how Cash came to be a “star” witness in the case. They have told a judge Cash is fabricating his claim.

“His motive for concocting a story regarding Stringer is clear — leniency regarding his own sentence,” attorney Drew Neville wrote in a legal filing.

“As to Cash's credibility, some things are certain. The government even contends that he is a liar and a thief. Cash stole $10 million from investors who trusted him and spent the money on a lavish lifestyle for himself, including a multimillion dollar mansion in Nichols Hills that included a personal gym, an exotic fish pond and a full-time gardener on the premises.”

A federal grand jury in March indicted Morgan, 56, of Stillwater, Stringer, 71, of Oklahoma City, and Skeith, 53, of Edmond. They have pleaded not guilty.

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