TULSA, Okla.—Bruce Carlton Wright, 69, of Norman, was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Court Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell to 33 months in prison for defrauding the IBC Bank of $1,176,490.60, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of the Northern District of Oklahoma. As part of his sentence, a criminal forfeiture money judgment was entered against the defendant in the amount of $1,176,490.60.
From June 2007 to July 2008, Wright and his co-defendant, Robert Alan Blaksley, 51, of Owasso, conspired to submit fraudulent invoices to IBC Bank from his property development company for work that was not performed on a Bentonville, Arkansas property.
Wright and Blaksley were charged on August 13, 2014 with conspiracy and 11 counts of bank fraud. Wright was found guilty following an 8-day jury trial that ended on May 28, 2015, and Blaksley pleaded guilty on May 8, 2015.
The case was investigated by the FBI and Assistant United States Attorneys Joel-lyn A. McCormick and Catherine Depew prosecuted the case.