Search underway for $7 million embezzlement suspect
By Ryan Horton
Authorities are searching for a Choctaw man after he failed to appear for his plea hearing for charges of embezzling over $7 million.
A federal judge ordered the arrest of Rodney Alan Hager after he failed to appear for his plea hearing last Wednesday.
Hager, 38, was charged in June for wire fraud and money laundering following the alleged embezzlement of nearly $7.14 million in a scheme that involved mall kiosks in multiple states.
After being released on a $10,000 bond, Hager failed to make his June plea hearing and then missed a rescheduled hearing last Wednesday.
Hager’s attorney says he has not been able to contact his client since June 11.
Hager worked as a bookkeeper for J&B Pipe Supply Co. from 2007 to 2014.
Prosecutors say during that time Hager wired money from J&B Pipe Supply to several bank accounts under his control, including his personal business account for Mall Concepts Inc.
Hager is also accused of opening credit card accounts in the name of a J&B Pipe Supply owner, paying off credit cards with money from corporate accounts, and cashing company checks meant to pay suppliers.
The family-run pipe company started in Oklahoma City in 1978, and Hager is the nephew of a co-owner.
Criminal forfeiture allegations were filed in an attempt to recover the embezzled funds or items purchased with the money, and a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000 could have been the result of his hearing that was originally set for June 27.
Fugitive tips can be sent to the U.S. Marshals Service by email at email@example.com.