Four Charged with Embezzlement & Conspiracy in Custer County

A multi-county grand jury has indicted four men with embezzlement and conspiracy charges in Custer County. Charged are Jerry Dean of Elk City, formerly of Hammon; Joe Don Dickey, Tillman County Commissioner from Frederick, Tim Binghom, Kiowa County Commissioner from Hollis and Monte Wade Goucher, formerly of Clinton, now living in Yukon. All four have ties to Circuit Engineering District 7 located in Clinton.

According to court documents, all four were arrested and charged on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at the Custer County Courthouse. Bond was set in the amount of $15,000 each. All four men were bonded and released.

They are accused of fraudulently appropriating more than $2 million from Circuit Engineering District 7 and the State of Oklahoma that was meant for other purposes.

The four orchestrated the management, construction, and operation of seven Oil Joint Venture with Circuit Engineering District 7.

The alleged crimes were reported as occurring between June 2012 and December 2021.

The Oklahoman reported in 2018 that an investigative audit uncovered more than $246,000 in misappropriated funds from Circuit Engineering District 7.

District Attorney Brian Hermanson is handling the multi-county grand jury case.

Jerry Dean served as Roger Mills County Commissioner District 2 for 16 years. He retired in 2012.

Circuit Engineering District 7 provides engineering services and advice for road and bridge issues for Beckham, Blaine, Custer, Dewey, Greer, Jackson, Kiowa, Harmon, Roger Mills, Tillman and Washita Counties. It also operates an emulsion plant that produces paving material.

Each of the counties has a representative on the CED7 board of directors. Representing Roger Mills County is Commissioner Brian Hay.