Oklahoma grand jury indicts barbecue restaurant owner over deal with state parks agency


February 9, 2024

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The owner of an Oklahoma barbecue company that landed a sweetheart deal to build restaurants at several state parks was indicted Thursday on conspiracy and fraud charges in connection with the deal.

Ronald Brent Swadley and two other men who worked for Swadley's Bar-B-Q, former Vice President Curtis Breuklander and current executive Timothy Hooper, were each charged with one felony count of conspiracy to defruad the state and five felony counts of presenting false claims.

Prosecutors allege the company presented inflated and fraudulent invoices to the Tourism Departme...

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