Prosecutors: Credit union duped out of more than $200,000
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Tulsa County prosecutors say one man is responsible for duping a credit union out of more than $200,000.
An elaborate plot, involving access to social security numbers, pay stubs and phony jobs.
Tom Sawyer, a prosecutor with the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office, said it took a lot of work to pull off.
"I think they would be very successful if they put that same energy they did into committing crimes into legal work," said Sawyer.
This case is different from others.
"It is kind of complicated. It's a very unusual case," said Sawyer.
Sawyer said it all starts with a guy named Paul Barry Wright who is not associated with Tinker Federal Credit Union but who allegedly victimized them.
The affidavit describing what happened is about twelve pages long.
But, in a nutshell, investigators said Wright gained access to real Social Security numbers and pay stubs.
He then sold that information to others, who would use that information for their own gain.
"Used those documents to get a loan from the victim in this case," said Sawyer.
That victim, Sawyer says, is the Tinker Federal Credit Union.
In all, twenty-one people used that information to get loans from the same credit union, and all of them, including Wright, have been indicted.
They all bought vehicles with the cash, many from a dealership just off 11th near Utica, according to the affidavit.
Everything from a used Mercedes to a Chevy Malibu.
And all that could be just the beginning.
"I don't think it's a complete picture yet," said Sawyer.
Sawyer said there are so many moving parts to this case, more details and possibly more charges could be on the way.
At last check, many of the vehicles had not been returned or repossessed. Meaning the credit union is still out all that cash.
The credit union is assuring its customers their funds are safe and not affected.
*An earlier version of this story mistakenly identified the location as Tulsa Federal Credit Union. That mistake has been corrected in the above story.