Rob Frazier, candidate for sheriff in Muskogee County in the upcoming Democratic primary on Tuesday, lost a judgment in 2001 for failure to pay for employees at his contracting company. The court held Frazier personally responsible for almost $30,000 of the $55,000 his company owed because he operated the business after the state told him to stop.
The business was suspended on June 21, 2001 for failure to pay state taxes. The business continued operating, according to the lawsuit filed by MyStaf, incurring $28,787 in employee salary liability after the state had suspended the company. Frazier, according to the suit, ignored state law requiring him to suspend business operations under the auspices of his business, All-Comm Contracting. According to state law, he was personally responsible for all the debts the business incurred after the state ordered him to stop doing business - almost $30,000 owed to Muskogee's MyStaf.
According to the suit, All-Comm contracted with Muskogee's MyStaf in April of 2001 to provide temporary employees, but All-Comm did not pay invoices MyStaf sent according to the agreement. MyStaf sued in November of 2001 and was granted a judgment against the company and Frazier personally on December 28 of 2001 after Frazier failed to respond to summons in the case.
The Muskogee County sheriff is responsible for a $7.8 million yearly budget, including payroll for dozens of employees. In addition, the sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, responsible for executing state laws.
Frazier filed for bankruptcy in 2002, leaving the debt to MyStaf unpaid.
He has not returned repeated calls and texts for comment.
Read the court documents here