Investigators: Man arrested in connection to report of dozens of missing cattle in Mayes County

Investigators searching for 107 missing cattle in Mayes County

MAYES COUNTY, Okla. — Authorities arrested a man they say reported over 100 cattle missing from his property in Mayes County in February.

FOX23 reported in February that Harlow Dean Ringling II and his mother reported dozens of their cattle had been stolen from their property east of Pryor.

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The Mayes County Sheriff's Office and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture investigated the case and an affidavit from that investigation shows no cattle were ever stolen.

Investigators say Ringling bought cattle with a Farm Service Agency loan. The terms of the loan state that if cattle bought with a loan are sold he has to give the FSA their portion of the money.

Investigators say Ringling was trying to go around those terms by having two other people sell cattle at both Tulsa Stockyards and in Arkansas -- then keeping all the money.

The affidavit says that at least 55 head of cattle were sold in Tulsa for a profit of more than $26,000. It also says another 48 cattle were sold in Arkansas for an unknown profit.

Ringling could not sell them himself because of a lien on the cattle would have shown up in the system.

Investigators say people have done this in the past and reported the cattle stolen to justify to the government where the cattle that were sold went.

Ringling's mother Debbie maintains that the cattle were stolen and that her son is innocent. However, the affidavit states that Deborah Ringling “towards the end of this investigation asked to withdraw her claim that she had any cows stolen.”

Harlow Dean Ringling II is now charged with 11 counts of unlawful removal of mortgaged property.

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