Okla. Construction Firm to Pay Fines; 3 Sentenced in Conspiracy Case

January 16, 2007

The president of an Oklahoma construction company will pay $25,000 in fines, and two of his employees were ordered to serve a one-year deferred sentence after pleading no contest to one count each of conspiracy against the state in McIntosh County District Court, Attorney General Drew Edmondson has announced.

Jarod Neil Smith, Gary Wayne Carr and George Paul Glover were indicted in May 2006 after an investigation by the state’s Multicounty Grand Jury found the men had conspired to use stone and rock that “had been found to be unsuitable as aggregate material for making asphaltic concrete for roads and highways …” by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Glover is the president and principal stockholder of Glover Construction. At the time of the crimes, Smith worked as Glover’s asphalt plant manager, and Carr was Glover’s asphalt plant superintendent.

“The grand jurors found that these men secretly, knowingly used prohibited material on the construction of Highway 64 in Muskogee, Highway 9 in Haskell County and Highway 59 in Leflore County,” Edmondson said. “I am pleased with the sentences handed down today, and I hope the indictments will serve as a warning to others who might consider such underhanded business tactics in dealings with the state.”

Glover was ordered today to serve a five-year deferred sentence and pay a $25,000 fine. Smith and Carr were each ordered to serve a one-year deferred sentence for their roles in the crime. All three men will be on supervised probation and were ordered to pay court costs.

Glover was also indicted in December 2005 on two counts of witness intimidation in Muskogee County District Court. Those charges are still pending.

Edmondson’s office administers the Multicounty Grand Jury.

Source: Oklahoma AG’s Office

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