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Former judge faces six criminal charges

CHANDLER, Okla., May 28 (UPI) — Oklahoma prosecutors say they have added three new criminal charges against a former judge who was indicted three times in April.

Craig S. Key now faces charges of harboring a fugitive, embezzling from a client and forgery, The Oklahoman reported Tuesday.

A multi-county grand jury had indicted Key in April on charges of stealing cattle and a trailer, embezzling $57,238 from a client in 2010 and $14,345 from another client in 2011.

Key, 47, resigned as an attorney in April after the first indictments.

In the latest charges, issued last week, Key is accused of helping a man, whom he allegedly hired to steal the cattle and trailer, flee to Alaska; embezzling $32,421 from a client in 2012; and using forged checks to illegally take $42,041 from a title company he owned.

Key was a Lincoln County associate district judge in 2005 when he became the focus of public scorn after a young girl he returned to her family died several months later of child abuse. He lost re-election in 2006.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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