Public Works Defendants Plead Not Guilty

Three of the six defendants indicted in the federal court for the Northern District of Oklahoma for corruption involving City of Tulsa road and bridge projects entered “not guilty” please Thursday.
The pleas were made before U.S. Magistrate Frank H. McCarthy by Larry Wayne Baker, 52, a former city employee; Kenneth Kirck Shoemaker, 46, of Bartlesville, president of FBS Inc. and an officer of FBS Engineers, both Tulsa firms; and Stuart Jay Franklin, 48, of Claremore, an FBS Inc. accountant.
All were indicted in four separate cases by a federal grand jury on Jan. 15. The indictments were unsealed on Jan. 22.
McCarthy allowed the three men to remain free on personal recognizance bonds. Shoemaker was also allowed to travel to Oklahoma City to meet with his attorney without first gaining approval from the U.S. probation office.
Also indicted were Albert S. Martinez, 47, a former city employee; Max Elliot Wolf, 56, of Owasso, president of Horizon Construction Co. Inc.; and Hardan E. Yocham, 52, of Sapulpa, head of Yocham Enterprises.
At hearings a week earlier, an arraignment was scheduled Feb. 3 for Martinez. A trial date of March 16 was set for Wolf and March 23 of Yocham, both following interim dates set for motions to be filed and for attorneys to discuss other preliminary dates.
No dates were set Thursday for Baker, Shoemaker and Franklin.

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