Five Accused In Atoka County Indictments

Monday, October 1st 2007, 11:26 am
By: News On 6

ATOKA, Okla. (AP) -- Five people are accused of conspiring to use school equipment for political purposes in a multicounty grand jury indictment unsealed today in Atoka County District Court. Three employees of Kiamichi Technical Center are accused in the scheme, along with a school board member and the school's former director.

Named in the indictments are Machele Callicoat, Rebecca Ward, Norman Ranger, Chad Hull and Davey Joe Sutton.

They're accused of using school computer equipment to print campaign material supporting Ranger's candidacy for the school's board of education.

Each of the defendants face one count of conspiracy against the state. Ranger, Hull and Ward also are accused of four counts of computer crimes and one count of embezzlement, and Callicoat was named on one count of computer crimes and one count of embezzlement.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson says the investigation is ongoing.