Judge Cancels Former Okla. Commissioner’s Tax-Evasion Trial

January 14, 2008

A judge in Tulsa is calling off former Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher’s tax-evasion trial that was to start Feb. 11.

Associate District Judge Dana Kuehn says Fisher must have another preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to try Fisher on the tax charge.

Fisher is charged with filing a false state tax return for 1999 by underreporting his income by $4,688.

The charge was first filed in Oklahoma County but moved to Tulsa because Fisher signed the tax return in Tulsa.

Kuehn says because of the move Fisher must have a new preliminary hearing.

Fisher is currently serving a three-year prison term for embezzling $1,000 from his campaign and lying on a contributions report.

He also faces trial in May in Oklahoma City on bribery charges.

Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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