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June 12, 2007

Green back in Oklahoma jail

Former McAlester city manager returned on eve of grand jury resumption

By JAMES BEATY

SENIOR EDITOR

With a federal grand jury investigating political corruption in Southeastern Oklahoma set to resume in Muskogee on Wednesday morning, the News-Capital has confirmed that former McAlester City Manager Randy Green has been booked into the Muskogee City-County Jail.

Contacted on Tuesday evening and asked if the jail had a Randy Green in custody, a jail employee said “We’re booking him right now.”

The employee said Green had been transported to the jail by U.S. marshals. Federal prisoners are also held at the city-county jail in Muskogee.

By checking booking records, the News-Capital confirmed that the Randy Green booked into the jail late Tuesday had the same date of birth as the former city manager — confirming they were the same person.

Green, 54, had been transported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkanna, Texas, for his conviction on five counts of embezzlement after a March 2006 trial at the Eastern District of Oklahoma U.S. Courthouse in Muskogee.

Following a pre-sentence investigation, U.S. District Judge Ronald White sentenced Green in August 2006 to a 51-month term in federal prison, followed by three years probation and nearly $500,000 in restitution.

Meanwhile, the grand jury investigating political corruption is set to resume at 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse.

Grand juries are conducted in secret, behind closed doors. However, some of the matters heard by the grand jury have been included in federal search warrants.

The warrants were used to search the offices of former District 7 state Sen. Gene Stipe, of McAlester, and his accountant, Greg Shores, of Kern Shores & Co., in March.

Allegations in the warrants connected Stipe and Steve Phipps, of the Kiowa area, to the federal probe. Neither have been indicted or charged in connection with the investigation.

The warrants contained information that a federal investigation has been under way regarding National Pet Products, a dog food plant on the north side of McAlester.

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