Friday, August 07, 2015

Rick Brinkley resigns from State Senate

State Sen. Rick Brinkley (R-Owasso)

From the Oklahoman:
State Sen. Rick Brinkley, accused of embezzling more than $1 million to support a hidden gambling habit, resigned from the Oklahoma Legislature on Friday afternoon, effective Dec. 31.

Former State Sen. Glenn Coffee delivered the resignation letter to the office of Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, said Matt Glanville, Bingman's spokesman.

He said Bingman would have no comment. Coffee also delivered a copy of the letter to the secretary of state's office.

The text of the letter was not released.

Brinkley, R-Owasso, is accused of embezzling from the Better Business Bureau of Tulsa while he was an official there. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been looking into the matter since Jan. 22.