Former Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Fisher Found|
Guilty Of Embezzlement, Perjury
HT Media Ltd.
February 8, 2006
Posted February 21, 2006
The Oklahoma Attorney General issued the following news release:
Former Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Fisher was convicted on two felony counts carrying a potential of three years in prison after a jury found him guilty today of embezzlement and perjury, Attorney General Edmondson said.
Fisher, 66, was charged after an investigation by the state's Multicounty Grand Jury. He was accused of depositing a $1,000 campaign contribution into his personal bank account and failing to report receiving the money on his state campaign reports.
The jury convicted Fisher after hearing less than two days of testimony and about two hours in deliberations.
"I appreciate the jury's verdict," Edmondson said. "Carroll Fisher's abuse of the public trust has made him a convicted felon. We believe the evidence will prove his guilt in the remaining cases as clearly as it has in this case. I thank the jurors for their service."
The jury today recommended one year imprisonment and a $10,000 fine on the embezzlement charge, and two years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine on the perjury charge. Formal sentencing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 17 before Oklahoma County District Judge Susan Caswell.
"The jury's sentencing recommendation shows just how strong the case against him is, and how little tolerance there is for someone who so blatantly misuses a public office," Edmondson said. "I fully expect him to be convicted on the remaining charges."
Fisher has also been charged with one count each of accepting a bribe, filing a false tax return, failure to pay over money to the state, failure to register a non-exempt charitable organization, failure to report contributions to a non-exempt charitable organization and failure to provide and keep a copy of written receipts for charitable contributions. Dates for those trials have not been set.
"This office has and will continue to pursue those who engage in public corruption at whatever level," said Edmondson, whose office administers the Multicounty Grand Jury. "I am proud of Joel-lyn McCormick and the entire Multicounty Grand Jury Unit for their work on this case."
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