Perjury case dismissed against Oklahoma City restaurant owner

Oklahoma City restaurant owner Wade Mock Starr agreed to do 100 hours of community service and pay $2,500 to the state's victim compensation fund in exchange for a dismissal of a perjury case against him.
by Nolan Clay Modified: February 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013
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He also could be charged again if he fails to pay the victims' compensation assessment or do his community service.

In the written agreement, Starr acknowledged “he has in fact committed the crimes” alleged in the first and third counts of the indictment.

In that first count, grand jurors alleged Starr perjured himself when he gave conflicting statements about the affidavit under oath.

Grand jurors specifically alleged Starr contradicted himself when he admitted in his grand jury testimony in May that the affidavit wasn't true. When he signed the affidavit in 2011, he stated twice it was “true and correct.”

In the affidavit, Starr stated the party was a fundraiser and that attorney Lewis B. Moon paid the entire $12,700 bill for it at Prater's request.

The affidavit was central to the accusations against Prater because Moon already had contributed $5,000 so paying for a fundraiser would be an excess donation. Grand jurors found, though, that the party at Cafe Nova was not intended as a fundraiser, that Moon had not paid for any of it and that the cost actually was $10,000.

In the other count that Starr now admits committing, grand jurors alleged he lied during his testimony when he claimed he also was involved in another party for Prater on election night Nov. 7, 2006.

Box, one of Oklahoma City most well-known attorneys, sent the accusations to the attorney general's office in February 2011. Box denies having a role in preparing Starr's affidavit about Moon paying for the party.

The affidavit was anonymously delivered to the attorney general's office in October 2011. Box has said in the past he believed Starr's affidavit was true. He said Friday that he never preyed on Starr, “that's for sure.”

Reynolds died last year.


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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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