Oklahoma publishers charged with extortion, embezzlement
May 5, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The father and son owners of an Oklahoma publishing company accused of defrauding authors and musicians were charged Thursday with felony extortion, embezzlement and racketeering.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the artists contracted with 70-year-old Richard Tate and 38-year-old Ryan Tate to publish their work, but that the father and son transferred the money from sales of books and music to the their own personal checking accounts.
"The means by which Ryan and Richard Tate conducted business to defraud individuals from across the country is unconscionabl...