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.
... During the undercover investigation, Mr. Skeith arranged for the company representatives to have several expensive dinners with legislators.
On Aug. 4, 2008, for example, he organized dinner at the Ranch Restaurant with a legislator. On Oct. 22, 2008, he organized dinner with a legislator at Redrock Can
Mr. Skeith was required to report these expenditures by his lobbyist principal on Ethics Commission Form L-2. ... But when he filed the form that covered the last half of 2008, he failed to list any of the expenditures.
The undercover operation did not lead to federal charges because Mr. Skeith did not orchestrate noncampaign payments from the undercover company to any legislators. Perhaps he was dealing with legislators who would not have been willing to participate in such corruption. Or perhaps he had not yet cultivated a close enough relationship with a new crop of legislative leaders.
Whatever the explanation, the undercover operation confirmed Mr. Skeith's willingness to violate ethics rules and create false documents for his lobbying clients.