Witness against former Oklahoma senator ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution in bank fraud case

Sam Crosby, a key witness in the bribery case against former Oklahoma Senate leader Mike Morgan avoided prison in an unrelated bank fraud case. A judge did order Sam Crosby to pay $1.3 million in restitution to the bank.
by Nolan Clay Published: December 10, 2012
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Morgan in 2007 was the author of assisted-living legislation that became law.

Morgan, an attorney, denied taking bribes. He said Crosby paid him $1,000 a month for a year for legal services.

He testified Crosby hired him to sue the Health Department. He said he later advised Crosby not to sue. He denied ever meeting Crosby at the Capitol.

Morgan was Senate president pro tem in 2005 and 2006. He was Senate co-president pro tem in 2007 and 2008. He left the Legislature at the end of 2008 because of term limits.

Crosby did not face any charges over the payments to Morgan.

Morgan, 57, of Stillwater, faces up to 10 years in prison on his bribery conviction. Morgan is seeking probation and still claims he is innocent. Sentencing is set for January.

Morgan's attorneys at trial claimed Crosby lied about what happened in an effort to get leniency in his own criminal case.

Crosby has had a series of health problems since he was charged in 2010 including a heart attack that year.

He suffered from blood clots in his lungs after hip replacement surgery this 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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