Tulsa Family Alleges Cover Up In Federal Embezzlement Case

Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 12:47 pm
By: News On 6

Lori Fullbright, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Tulsa family claims federal prosecutors sent an innocent man to prison and covered it up with lies and misconduct.

Brad Frost has been behind for two years, convicted of taking money from his own company.

Brad Frost's wife, Mary Ann, is the sister of David and Bobby Phillips. They were the brothers murdered in their south Tulsa home 18 years ago today. No one has ever been arrested. Mary Ann chose this anniversary of their murders to show how her family has suffered through two miscarriages of justice.

David and Bobby Phillips were brutally murdered just a few weeks before Christmas in 1992 and the case remains unsolved.

Mary Ann says that's the first miscarriage of justice her family has endured. She says the second, is having her husband of 20 years and father of their four children, sent to prison unjustly.

"It's a real slap in our face when law enforcement feels they don't have enough evidence to prosecute someone for double murder, but, the federal government spends five years and millions of dollars, committing perjury and falsifying documents to keep someone accused of a white collar crime in prison," said Mary Ann Phillips Frost, said.

Frost was 50 percent owner of Heritage National Insurance Company. He and another man were accused of taking more than a million dollars of insurance premiums and putting it into their personal accounts. On appeal, all but one count was dismissed for lack of evidence.

Frost's wife says the last count would've been dismissed too had it not been for attorney error. Frost's family says rather than deal with the defeat, prosecutor Kenneth Snoke did everything possible to make that last count stick.

"The man who would lie and cheat to keep an innocent man in prison is more evil than the man who killed my brothers," Mary Ann Frost said.

The crux of the issue is whether Heritage National Insurance was a company or a program. If it's a company, the law doesn't apply and Frost should be released. If it's a program, the law does apply.

Frost's family wants him home.

"My brothers were killed, my dad died 6 years ago of cancer. Now, they've taken the only man we had left in my family," Mary Ann said. "It's just me and my mom and my children. We need Brad home."

Tulsa U.S. Attorney Scott Woodward told News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright that Frost has raised these very issues at district court and on appeal and both courts found the issues lacked merit. He didn't want to get into the specifics of the case, but said the courts have ruled and he'll let the record speak for itself.