AG’s Multicounty Grand Jury Issues Indictments for Cattle Theft and Embezzlement
OKLAHOMA CITY – A former Lincoln County associate district judge and two other individuals were named Thursday in three multicounty grand jury indictments. The indictments will be filed in Lincoln County District Court.
Named in the indictments were: Craig S. Key, 47, an attorney and former judge, of Chandler, Joshua E. Anderson, 36, of Agra and Leslie Bottger, 47, of Agra.
All three were each indicted on one felony count of conspiring to commit larceny of domestic animals and one felony count of larceny of domestic animals. Key also was indicted on three felony counts of delivery of a forged note or instrument and two counts of embezzlement.
According to the first indictment, Key, Anderson and Bottger, allegedly conspired in September 2012 to steal a trailer and multiple cattle from an individual in Lincoln County. Key reportedly paid Anderson $200 to help with expenses incurred while Anderson and Bottger committed the theft. The following day, Anderson and Bottger made two trips to allegedly steal the trailer and move the cattle. The pair left the cattle and trailer at a farm owned by Key.
In October 2012, Key allegedly told Brandon R. Dawson, 42, of Chandler, to take the stolen cattle and sell them at the livestock sales barn in Waurika. Dawson was reportedly offered $200 from the proceeds of the sale. While attempting to sell the cattle, Dawson was approached by agents from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and the Waurika Livestock Commission, inquiring about stolen cattle. Dawson left without finishing the sale.
According to the remaining two indictments, on two separate occasions in September 2010 and October 2011, Key allegedly forged checks and embezzled $57,283 and $14,345 from two injured clients. The money was intended to pay for the clients’ medical bills, but instead Key allegedly used the money for other purposes.
The AG’s Multicounty Grand Jury Unit investigated the claims jointly with assistance from agents with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
The indictments were the first to be handed down by the 14th multicounty grand jury, which convened in January. The grand jury was requested by Attorney General Scott Pruitt in September.
The state’s multicounty grand jury investigates criminal matters in all 77 counties, assisting local law enforcement as well as handling matters of state interest.
Key, Anderson & Bottger Indictment_41813.pdf