Owasso City Manager turns self in, bonds out

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Rodney Ray
Rodney Ray
Updated: 6/11/2013 6:43 pm Published: 6/10/2013 5:07 pm

Owasso City Manager Rodney Ray turned himself in on Tuesday.

On Monday, Charges were filed against Rodney Ray. He's accused of writing a bogus check for over $1,000 and falsely reporting a crime.

According to court papers the bogus check charge dates back to a check written to Clear Tone Laboratories in 2010. The false reporting of a crime stems from an incident in December of 2012 when Ray allegedly reported the bogus check written to Clear Tone had been stolen and he did not write it.

The court affidavit says Ray received merchandise from Clear Tone Hearing Air Laboratories on September 1st, 2010 and paid with a personal check for $3082. According to the affidavit when Clear Tone deposited the check it was returned to them as 'insufficient funds.' They said Ray did not return within five days to redeem the check. The affidavit lists three Clear Tone employees as witnesses to Ray being in the store and paying by check. Witnesses also picked Ray out of a photo line up. 

In December of 2012, Ray made a crime report to the Owasso Police Department reporting a book of checks stolen in January of 2009, including the check that was used at Clear Tone. The affidavit says Ray said he needed to file the report to prove he did not write the check. 

According to court records a forensic investigation compared the handwriting on the check to samples from Ray and found them to be a match.

Ray was placed on administrative leave on Friday after a city employee filed a complaint against him. At the time Ray said he had no issues with the investigation.

He has bonded out of custody.

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