A 70 year old Tulsa man just pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $420,000 from his employer, American Parking. It was largely done through paperwork fraud and approving payments to an account of an unnamed 3rd party. This made BancFirst a named victim and made it eligible for federal courts to punish. He pled guilty and will be sentenced on October 23rd, in Tulsa.
This scenario is very similar to the high profile case of former senator Rick Brinkley, who embezzled $1.8Million from his employer, the Tulsa Better Business Bureau. Over a 10 year period, Brinkley used BBB funds to cover his gambling addiction at Oklahoma Indian Casinos. Those casinos will not be required to return any of the stolen money, that we are aware of.
Brinkley spent just over 3 years in federal confinement and got to stay at a federal prison here in Oklahoma (El Rino). When we break down the scale of crime:punishment, each $100K in embezzlement netted just 2 months of incarceration. It's what we call "the Brinkley standard". If Tulsa federal courts are at all consistent, Jerry Wiley will serve less than 9 months in federal lock up for the entirety of his crimes. Read more, here.
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