Court of Criminal Appeals judge reimburses state amid possible investigation

Tuesday, January 11th 2005, 6:18 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Records show an Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals judge who may be under investigation has reimbursed the state nearly 31-hundred dollars in purchase and travel claims.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office has confirmed an investigation into a personnel matter involving the court, but officials won't identify the target of the probe.

Court officials yesterday released copies of Judge Stephen Lile's checks and his state claims for travel, furnishings and furniture.

According to reports from The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World, Lile wrote a personal check of one-thousand-560 dollars December third to the state for purchases that included picture frames, decorative accessories and stationery.

Last week the judge reimbursed the state with another personal check for one-thousand-523 dollars for some of his travel since June.

Lile wrote that the claims related to his activities in support of the Regimented Inmate Discipline, or RID, Program within the Department of Corrections.

Lile has declined comment.