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Some victims dissatisfied with Tate Publishing plea deal

Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-28 17:05:51-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Many people defrauded by a family-owned publishing company in Oklahoma are upset with a plea deal and doubt they'll get fully reimbursed.

The Journal Record reports that Attorney General Mike Hunter's office recently accepted a plea deal settling numerous felony charges against 70-year-old Richard Tate and his son, 38-year-old Ryan Tate. They owned Tate Publishing Co. and were accused of defrauding thousands of authors and musicians.

A Massachusetts-based author says some authors are upset the Tates aren't facing jail time.

The company agreed to make monthly payments for the next 20 years toward a victim restitution fund of at least $825,000. Hunter says that dollar amount could grow as more victims come forward.

Hunter's office says it has received more than 2,200 complaints so far from victims around the world.