Often both comedic and pathetic in some parts of Oklahoma, politics is a full-contact criminal enterprise. Jason McMahan, brother of Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan is not currently charged with any crime, but Gary Jones says, “I don’t want anyone out there to misunderstand; I firmly believe that Jason McMahan stole my trailer. I was told by the detective, assistant district attorney and the district attorney that they were convinced that he stole it using his pick-up truck.”
Picture of the suspect pick-up owned by Jason McMahan taken the day after the stolen trailer was discovered on McMahan’s co-workers property.
Jeff McMahan is currently under examination by a federal grand jury for campaign irregularities tied to Gene Stipe, Mike Mass and Steve Phipps – first publicly exposed by Tulsa Today (click here for the original story). Theft of the trailer which was decorated at the time as a “covered wagon” billboard during Jones’ bid to replace McMahan in the auditors office was also first published by Tulsa Today (click here for that original story and the follow-up story).
Asked if he was a city employee Lewis only said, “You’re good you will figure it out.” Lewis then told Lt. Kidney he could not tell then who the other person was because of “it being a political mess.” When asked what that meant, Lewis said, “You know what I mean.”
After indicating to Jones that Lewis would be pressured to name the thief or face trail, the Pottawatomie County District Attorney, Richard Smotherman and judge allowed Lewis in late December to enter a blind plea and gather a deferred sentence which means he will not even have a permanent blemish on his record if he stays out of other legal trouble during the time period.
When asked about being afraid of being sued for making accusations Jones replied “The best defensive against slander is the truth. All I have ever wanted is for the truth to be known. If it means that I am sued or that I have to sue to get my day in court so be it. The public deserves the truth.“