City Of Tulsa Gets Restitution Check For Public Works Fraud

Thursday, June 17th 2010, 12:42 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, OK -- The City of Tulsa received a check for $939,078 from the United States Attorney's Office on Thursday. The funds are restitution gained through federal forfeiture in a Public Works corruption investigation.

Two former managers of the City of Tulsa Public Works Department and four area businessmen were charged by a Grand Jury for bribery and fraud schemes involving millions of dollars intended for city streets, bridges and other public works projects in the city limits.

All six defendants have been found guilty and sentenced to federal prison.

2/2/2010 Related Story: Claremore Man Sentenced To Prison In Tulsa Public Works Bribery Scandal

The scandal involving the Tulsa Public Works Department was first revealed to the public on January 22, 2009, when the federal indictments were unsealed and an announcement was made at a news conference.

Albert Martinez was a field engineering manager for the city, and Larry Baker was the other City of Tulsa public works manager found guilty of fraud in the case.