Former State Treasurer Employee Sentenced in Fraud Case
Charges followed investigation by the AG’s Multicounty Grand Jury Unit
OKLAHOMA CITY – A former state employee was sentenced Monday in Oklahoma County District Court to serve 12 years in prison with an additional 16 years of probation for multiple criminal fraud and forgery charges, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.
LaTisha Raye Reid, 43, of Oklahoma City, a former internal auditor for the state Treasurer’s Office, also was ordered to pay $19,101 in restitution to the State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Fund. Her co-defendants already had been ordered to pay the remaining $10,365 as part of their sentences.
Reid was indicted in September in four separate cases on a total of 24 felony counts, following an investigation by the Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the state Treasurer’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office. The indictments included multiple counts of violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, forgery in the first degree, obtaining money by false pretenses and conspiracy to defraud the state.
According to the indictments, Reid created fraudulent court documents and death certificates using state computers in order to obtain money from the state’s unclaimed property fund. She also used state computers to search the data records of her office and those of the Social Security Administration to locate available funds. She was aided by two family members and two other friends of the family. All were indicted by the multicounty grand jury in September.
In April, Reid pleaded guilty to all but one count in the four cases. She went to jury trial with one of her co-defendants on the one conspiracy count and was acquitted by the jury.
“A priority of the Attorney General’s Office is to investigate and prosecute criminals who try to take advantage of the system and commit fraud at taxpayer expense,” Pruitt said. “I commend the investigators and prosecutors in this case who worked hard on behalf of Oklahoma citizens.”
The state’s multicounty grand jury investigates criminal matters in all 77 counties, assisting local law enforcement as well as handling matters of state interest. The 13th grand jury has thus far returned 18 indictments, involving 15 defendants, in cases filed in five counties.