Prosecutors drop fraud charges against Tulsa man

Wednesday, January 31st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Tulsa-AP) -- Federal prosecutors are dropping charges against a Tulsa man who had been accused of taking part in a major fraud against the federal government.

Steven Copeland, his father, Donald, and their company were charged last April. Steven Copeland was accused of delivering faulty parts for an unmanned spy plane.

Donald Copeland faces additional charges of providing a part for the international space station that had serious manufacturing flaws and making false statements to the government.

Assistant U-S Attorney Rich Love declined to comment on why the charges against Steven Copeland are being dropped. Love says the government has no plans to drop the charges against Donald Copeland or Copeland Manufacturing Corporation.