Osage County Commissioner charged with bid rigging

March 4, 2020 | Courts

PAWHUSKA — A warrant is issued by the Osage County District Court for  Osage County Commissioner Kevin Paslay, 63, Skiatook, who is now charged with bid rigging.

The charge is the result of an investigation conducted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Attorney General’s office. 

OSBI agent Marty Wilson reports that a former county employee made allegations that Paslay used county employees and equipment to haul personal items from an auction in Tulsa to the county barn in Skiatook.

While investigating the allegations, further allegations surfaced concerning the purchase of another vehicle from a different auction held in Tulsa on Nov. 9.

In that matter, it is alleged that Paslay arranged for Robert Atkins, owner of Rob’s Auto Sales in Skiatook, to purchase a vehicle and then sell it to Osage County through the bidding process.

OSBI reports that documents were provided showing that a 2006 International Vacuum was sold to Rob’s Auto Sales by Paslay for $34,500.

Atkins, owner of the auto business reportedly told investigators that he received a phone call from Paslay asking if he wanted to buy the vehicle and then sell it to the county. “You’d be helping the county out if you could do this,” Paslay reportedly said.

Atkins reportedly agreed to buy the vehicle. On a later date, Osage County put out a bid request for the purchase of a vacuum truck. Atkins reportedly submitted a bid packet for $36,000 and the bid was selected by commissioners. No charges have been filed against Atkins.