More complaints about a former Tulsa private school teacher

Thursday, September 2nd 2004, 2:41 pm
By: News On 6

There are new complaints against a Tulsa teacher accused of fraud.

The News on 6 first told you about a Tulsa private school teacher arrested after he applied for a $300,000 grant. Tulsa Police recognized him from a fraud alert. Since that story ran, the News on 6 has heard from others who say they were also victims of this man's schemes.

News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright has new details about the man who goes by the name of Toshav Storrs, but his real name is Tony Green.

Police say he's been in prison in New York and Oklahoma for fraud related crimes. That's why Tulsa Police officers picked him up so quickly on two outstanding felony warrants when they heard he'd applied for a huge government grant.

His co-workers were shocked about the arrest and even more so when my investigation revealed Storrs had faked his degree from Cornell University and the University of Oklahoma.

However, Corine Clillious wasn't surprised. Her son, his friend Cory Ray and two other college guys worked for Storrs this summer. She says they got the run-around from Storrs about pay and when he did pay, the checks bounced. She feared the worst and is now worried because the boys were raising money for a charity Storrs said he was starting called ‘Intelligent Young Minds.’ Corine Chillious: "He had them out there asking for money and who knows how much he got or what he was doing with it. They were going to church people and friends and when they see him on TV they're going to say Oh My God, but they're going to think of these boys."

The young men say they are victims too and have the overdrawn checking accounts to prove it. Corine's son is still owed $240; Cory is out $1,800, which is tough for a struggling TU student. Cory Ray: “We don't want to ask our parents. We want to be independent. We got jobs on our own and then this unfortunate thing happens to us."

The four young men learned a lesson they never thought they'd find on a college campus, to not take people at face value. It's an unfortunate lesson and one that's cost them, but one they'll likely never forget.

The News on 6 searched jail records to see if Toshav Storrs was still in jail. It shows he bonded out the same day he was arrested. We've also learned the Tulsa County District Attorney's office is working a case against Storrs for bogus checks.