- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An attorney for Oklahoma state Sen. Rick Brinkley has acknowledged that the lawmaker is under a criminal investigation related to his alleged embezzlement of more than $1 million from a nonprofit agency where he once worked.

The Better Business Bureau in Tulsa, filed a civil lawsuit against Brinkley, accusing him of embezzling the money over 15 years before he was fired in April as its chief operating officer. The organization claimed he used the money to pay his mortgage, pool cleaner and personal credit card bills, among other things.

Brinkley’s attorney has denied that embezzlement occurred and said that the Republican senator has been cooperative with investigators, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1HZcJZq ) reported. He wants to stay the civil proceedings against his client, and argues in a court motion that a stay is justified because continuing the proceedings could hurt Brinkley’s defense against the possible criminal charges.

A court clerk’s stamp indicates the motion was filed Friday after a judge refused to accept it under seal.

Brinkley has resigned his leadership positions in the Legislature but not his seat. He resigned as assistant majority floor leader, chairman of the Senate Pensions Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com


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