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Poteau man faces federal charges following probe

September 6, 2011

A Poteau man was
arrested on federal charges
Wednesday after he allegedly
attempted to pay off a
witness in a case against
his son.
Tom Oakes, 64, of
Poteau was arrested on
charges of tampering with
a witness or victim after
an investigation into the
accusations by Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms
Agents.
According to the criminal
complaint filed in the
United States Federal
Court, Oklahoma Eastern
District, on August 26,
Assistant United States
Attorney Shannon Henson
notified ATF Agent Curt
Collins, that John Albert,
who is a witness in a federal
case against Tom
Oakes' son, had contacted
them in reference to being
offered money to not testify.

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