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Prosecution statement describes FBI undercover operation involving fake company in Oklahoma

Here are excerpts from the legal filing about an FBI sting operation in which the FBI created a fake company and hired Oklahoma lobbyist Andy Skeith.
Oklahoman Published: May 6, 2012
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Here are excerpts from federal prosecutors Scott Williams' and Vicki Behenna's legal filing about an FBI undercover company that hired Andy Skeith as a lobbyist:

During the operation, an undercover FBI agent and a retired law enforcement officer passed themselves off as representatives of a company that sold raised pavement markers (RPMs) for highway safety.

On April 29, 2008, they first met with Mr. Skeith to seek his assistance in securing legislation that would mandate the use of RPMs in Oklahoma. ... Mr. Skeith did ... recommend that the company make $5,000 contributions to two legislators whose support it would need.

During a lunch on May 20, 2008, Mr. Skeith volunteered: “Rather than you making these contributions, you may want to pay me and have me make them.” He also suggested that the company treat his lobbying fees as attorney's fees “because then we have the attorney-client privilege.” The undercover company took him up on this suggestion.

On June 23, 2008, the two company representatives observed Mr. Skeith place a $5,000 check in a fish bowl at a fundraiser for one of the two legislators. At lunch the next day, Mr. Skeith said that he would send the company a $10,000 invoice “for additional hours worked, or something like that” to account for the two $5,000 contributions ...

Two days later, he sent the company a fictitious $10,000 invoice for forty hours of legal research. On June 30, 2008, the company sent him a $10,000 check drawn on a company account.

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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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