- The Washington Times - Friday, March 27, 2009

TULSA, OKLA. (AP) - Oklahoma’s former state auditor and his wife turned themselves in at federal prison sites in Texas and Tennessee on Friday to begin serving sentences in a bribery case.

Prison officials confirmed Jeff McMahan surrendered at a satellite prison camp of the Federal Correctional Institution in Memphis, Tenn.

Lori McMahan, a former school teacher, surrendered at a satellite camp of the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeff McMahan was sentenced in January to eight years and one month for accepting bribes from a southeastern Oklahoma businessman. His wife was sentenced to six years and six months on related charges.

McMahan, a Democrat, was accused of showing favoritism in his official actions as state auditor to businessman Steve Phipps in exchange for cash, jewelry, campaign contributions, fishing trips, and trips to places like New Orleans and Boston.

The former state official was convicted of three felony charges on June 14, 2008. He resigned two days later, forestalling an impeachment effort in the state House.

“I am saddened when the political process is corrupted. Seeing people imprisoned generates mixed prosecutorial emotions,” said U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling on Friday.

The McMahans will do their time at satellite prison camps, relatively small, minimum security facilities near the primary prisons that operate to provide inmate labor to the main facilities and offsite work programs.

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