Senator targeted in embezzlement probe won’t get pension

by Shelton on September 7th, 2015

filed under Cash Advances

It has nothing to do with what happened to him. There just wouldnt be enough time to qualify for a benefit, Fox said.

Still, Democratic state Rep. Mike Brown of Tahlequah said Brinkley should step down immediately and taxpayers should not have to pay for his estimated $19,000 in salary and health benefits through the end of the year.

Brinkley should do the honorable thing and resign from the Oklahoma Senate effective immediately, Brown said in a statement. The taxpayers of Oklahoma shouldnt be required to continue paying his salary and fringe benefits in light of these developments.

Brinkley did not respond to a telephone message Tuesday seeking comment.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has said it is looking into allegations that funds were misappropriated at the Better Business Bureau in Tulsa, where Brinkley worked for 15 years before he was fired in April.

A lawsuit filed by the BBB alleges Brinkley embezzled more than $1.8 million from the organization by setting up fake corporate entities and using the money to pay his mortgage, pool cleaner, personal credit card invoices, and to support a hidden gambling habit.

The lawsuit also alleges Brinkley took cash advances for business trips he never made and provided forged and falsified documents to the bureaus board to hide his misappropriation of funds. Brinkley served as president and CEO of the BBB from Aug. 2, 1999, to May 31, 2011, and as chief operating officer from June 1, 2011 until April 26.

Brinkley also agreed last week to forfeit $81,000 in campaign funds to the state to settle allegations that he improperly used campaign funds. Brinkleys campaign finance reports indicate he paid nearly $50,000 earlier this year to the Better Business Bureau. The BBBs lawsuit claims the check was intended to deceitfully conceal the agencys finances from its board of directors.

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