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Check is (not) in the mail for former commissioner

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Brent Rinehart.

That's really all we have to say. Except for the next part " "What is it now?"

He didn't deposit a check to his office that was for more than $70,000. At least, that's the story out of Oklahoma County DA David Prater's office, according to The Oklahoman.

For those of you just returning from a relativistic time warp, former Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart recently left office after a colorful tenure involving complex allegations.

But Rinehart's era also involved much "comic" relief, like that weird anti-gay, hand-drawn comic he used for an election pamphlet, in which he creatively spelled pedophile several different ways.

Alas, times have been a little less vibrant here at CFN since Rinehart lost his bid for re-election (despite the comic). Rinehart's last day was Dec. 31, 2008.

Rinehart, however, like inclusion in a meat-of-the-month club, is a gift that keeps on giving. According to the recent story, his former aide, Jim Marshall, was cleaning out a credenza in his office when he ran across an uncashed check for $71,185.

"My heart sunk when I saw the amount," Marshall said. "I do not know how that check got in there."

The story said the check came from a 2007 auction of county property overseen by Rinehart's office.

 Rinehart himself talked to the paper about the check. He said he had no idea how it got there.

"The checks don't come to us," Rinehart said. "They go through the county clerk's office."

Rinehart said he didn't know how the check went undetected (and uncashed!) for almost two years.

"I would think someone would have caught $71,000 somewhere down the line," he said.

Hmmm "¦ the plot thickens. The story says Marshall left it to his former office's business manager and two other employees to find out what happened and fix the situation.

Incoming District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan fired them immediately, the story said.

Prater was then contacted and wrote a letter to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into the issue, according to the story.

Prater also asked the OSBI to determine what happened to a computer and two monitors discovered missing after Rinehart left office.

The computer and monitors supposedly cost about $2,400, the story said. At that price, they'd better have been Apples.

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