When Jeff McMahan ran for the office of Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector his campaign motto was “McMahan Can”
And now in the wake of federal conspiracy and bribery convictions it turns out that not only Jeff McMahan can, but his wife Lori McMahan can also.
Can go to federal prison.
On January 26, 2009 U.S. District Judge James H. Payne, in federal court in Muskogee, sentenced Jeff McMahan to eight years and one month in federal prison.
Judge Payne sentenced Lori McMahan to six years and six months in federal prison.
The McMahans requested leniency because they have two teenage children and Jeff McMahan claimed in court papers that he had not really known about the illegal campaign activities and that he and his wife were “politically naive newcomers” who got caught up in an already corrupt system.
The judge rejected the leniency request and the lame excuses offered by Jeff McMahan, telling him that he had “subverted the public’s trust” in the election process.
At the sentencing hearing, Lori McMahan, a former fifth-grade teacher, wept, trembled and then hugged her husband.
Jeff McMahan’s attorney was reported to have indicated that he would likely appeal.
Lori McMahan’s attorney was reported to have indicated that she likely would not appeal.
The McMahans’ fall from grace, criminal convictions and prison sentences were for the most part the result of the testimony of Steve Phipps, a southeastern Oklahoma businessman, who admitted giving more than $100,000 illegally to Jeff McMahan’s 2002 campaign, paying the McMahans’ expenses for three trips and buying expensive jewelry for Lori McMahan.
Phipps operated abstracting companies that were at the time regulated by the State Auditor and Inspector.
Speaking of which, below is a campaign sign from Jeff McMahan’s run for the office of State Auditor and Inspector.
Had McMahan practiced the honesty and integrity that he promised on his campaign sign, he and his wife would not be felons and required to turn themselves in no later than March 27th to begin their prison sentences.
He didn’t and they are…