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New charges filed Oklahoma Tax Commission probe

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A Newcastle couple has been accused of paying more than $41,000 to a tax commission employee and illegally claiming those brides as business deductions on their income tax returns.

The allegations are part of a 26-count felony charge filed against convicted truck registration agent Larrie Moyers and his wife Theresa.

Theresa Moyers is also awaiting trial on a 70 felony counts.

The new charges include one count of conspiracy to defraud the state, one count of racketeering, six counts of falsifying public records and 14 counts of bribery.

Larrie Moyers is also accused of failing to file personal state income tax returns for 2000 and 2001 and earning more than a million dollars in income each year.

The new counts were filed after Larrie Moyers failed to honor a plea bargain agreement and persuaded a judge to reduce his sentence to 18 months.

Assistant Attorney General Joel-lyn McCormick says her office didn't approve of the plea bargain. She says the new charges are legitimate.

Moyers' attorney says the couple are being unfairly targeted.

The charges are part of an ongoing court battle waged by other states who say Oklahoma owes nearly $28-million in truck tag fees because they allowed out-of-state companies to file false mileage projections and get out of paying money.
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