Witness accused of lying to Oklahoma grand jurors

A witness has been charged with perjury in the bribery investigation of a fired Broken Arrow Public Schools superintendent. Eddie Dale Bryson, 61, of Sekiu, Wash., is accused of lying to the Oklahoma grand jury Aug. 21 about the source of basketball tickets to the 2007 Final Four in Atlanta.
by Nolan Clay Published: September 28, 2012
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A former employee of a telecommunication company has been accused in a perjury indictment of lying about the source of 2007 Final Four basketball tickets that were given to the then-superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools.

The indictment against Eddie Dale Bryson, 61, of Sekiu, Wash., was made public Thursday. He was arrested in the state of Washington last week and was released on bail. Prosecutors now are seeking to extradite him to Oklahoma.

Bryson is accused of lying to Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury while testifying Aug. 21 in Oklahoma City. The grand jury indicted him in August.

The grand jury in August also indicted fired superintendent Jim Sisney, 54, and Windstream Corp., which is based in Little Rock, Ark. Both Sisney and the company are charged with bribery and conspiracy.

Grand jurors allege in the bribery indictments that Windstream Corp. illegally provided Sisney two basketball tickets to the 2007 Final Four in Atlanta, and other gratuities as a show of appreciation. Corporation officials had identified the Broken Arrow School District as one of its top customers, according to the indictments.

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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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