State audits have identified more than $5.5 million in questionable costs in Rogers County, including an allegedly fraudulent invoice for $36,000 that was submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The reports released this week detail a period from July, 1, 2010, to July 30, 2012. The audit identified 12 "items of interest" in connection with a FEMA contract issued after severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.
District Attorney Janice Steidley has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Rogers County leaders who spearheaded a petition drive to get her removed from office.
Steidley filed the lawsuit Wednesday against Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton, Claremore police officers John Singer and Steve Cox and others. The group gathered the nearly 7,000 signatures needed to impanel a grand jury, but a judge ruled this week that improper paperwork was used.
A judge has dismissed a petition calling for a grand jury to investigate Rogers County leaders, finding that backers of the measure used an unauthorized form to gather nearly 7,000 signatures from registered voters.
Tulsa County District Judge Jefferson Sellers dismissed the grand jury petition on Tuesday, ruling that the petition summary included language that had not been approved by the court.