The Norman Transcript

November 12, 2012

Prosecutors: Lobbyist bribed convicted ex-senator

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Federal prosecutors say a longtime lobbyist bribed a convicted Oklahoma state senator and they want the allegation included in the senator’s sentencing — even though no charges were filed.

Former Sen. Mike Morgan faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 8 for bribery.

Prosecutors want U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron to consider $33,500 paid to Morgan by lobbyist Barry Moore’s BKM Group to be considered a bribe.

Moore has not been charged and his attorney said the payments were for legal services by Morgan, who is a lawyer.

Morgan was convicted of taking bribes to influence legislation regarding nursing homes. Moore is a lobbyist for a rural telephone companies.

Morgan maintains his innocence and has asked for probation.

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