Judge sets preliminary hearing date in Tate Publishing case for November

A preliminary hearing date for the father and son owners of a former Mustang publishing company has been reset to November.

Richard and Ryan Tate, who owned Tate Publishing, are accused of bilking thousands of authors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and refusing to return their original materials.

The Tates are charged in Canadian County District Court with four felony counts of embezzlement, one felony count of attempted extortion by threat, two felony counts of extortion by threat, one felony count of racketeering and one misdemeanor count of embezzlement.

A preliminary hearing had been set for Wednesday. However, it was continued by Special Judge Jack McCurdy until Nov. 7. The hearing is expected to take at least two days.

Terri Watkins, a spokesperson for the state attorney general’s office, said there are more than 2,100 victims who have been identified and that more cases are continuing to be reported.

The Tates were charged in May 2017 after announcing plans to reopen their publishing and music publishing business after having closed earlier in the year.

At that time, the company owed millions to Xerox and Tennessee-based Lightning Source after a judge entered summary judgments against the company.

Lightning Source sued in January in the Western District of the U.S. District Court seeking repayment of money it said it had given to Tate Publishing in June 2016.

The lawsuit claimed the money was for the exclusive distribution and printing for at least 5.5 million books during the following five years.

A federal judge approved a default judgment in favor of Lightning Source for more than $2 million.Xerox was granted an award by a Canadian County district judge in March after Ryan Tate failed to respond to various motions.

The judgment authorizes Xerox to collect $1,446,070.67 from Tate Publishing and $450,308.18 from Ryan Tate.

Securing the finest legal counsel made it possible for us to put a plan in place to resolve all the issues we were facing… in a proper and ethical manner,” Ryan Tate wrote in the email sent to clients. “Finally, we established a plan for reorganization in order to reinstate full publishing, distribution, and marking operations immediately.”

The attorney general said the email that announced it was resuming operations was what prompted the charges.

Watkins said more than 2,100 complaints have been filed against the Tates and their business.

Those complaints range from failure to deliver products and services that had been previously paid for, failure to pay royalty earnings per contractual agreement and refusal to return files unless the customer agreed to pay a $50 processing fee.

During the investigation, agents allegedly found that money was deposited into corporate accounts then transferred into Richard and Ryan Tate’s personal bank accounts.

The Tates have pleaded not guilty and are free on bail.


  1. Linda Duncan on August 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    The way this case against the Tate’s is being handled by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office is a disgrace and a slap in the face to all of the “little people” victims (those claiming losses of less than $1 million.

    By allowing the Tate lawyers these constant delays, it allows the Tate to discover new ways to squirm out of accountability – like snakes in the grass.

    Shame on Mike Hunter and his staff for not being more aggressive in pursuing faster retribution in this case!

    I’ll sign this “Just Another Innocent Victim of the Tate Travesty” – whom, I might add, will most surely never see a dime of compensation for the various losses the over 2,000 victims have suffered at the hands of these thieves.

  2. Bobby Walls on October 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I am a Gospel Entertainer from Chi-Town who was also ripped off by these guys I want my money’s back.

  3. Joan B. Fielding on October 11, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Please don’t forget about us little people. I am going to be 85 years old in January 2019 and I tried so hard to br able to support myself. I live on a fixed income of $1,300. Social Security. The Tates lied, stole my savings and my dreams.

    • Charlotte Brown on November 11, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      This breaks my heart. I hope there is justice and the Tates get prison. And I hope you get your money back and keep living your dreams.

  4. Babar on October 15, 2018 at 6:23 am

    The Tates are ruined for the rest of their lives. They will never work in the industry again. I doubt they even have enough resources to pay back their debts. The fact that they robbed everyone in the name of Jesus ensures me that they will stand accountable in some way. I’m moving on with my life.

  5. Stephanie on October 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    This is a shame I too was ripped off by these people. For them to be out on bail is a disgrace. In the name of Jesus they have gotten or will get what’s coming to them. It’s just a shame that we all had to loose money this way, but by the grace of God we will get it back.

  6. Jeanne on November 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I wrote a book after my dad passed away from cancer ,same year my sister was doing chemo as my dad was dying, I was also doctoring at the same time for a suspicious lump and it was devistating to also find cancer. I talked to Chris Rutherford from Tate publishing told the story, cried and he said all the right words.H
    e played on my vounderbilility and said they pray over everything as a group before they do anything.we had numerous hours of conversation. He said just make the check out to me. I asked him if he was swindeling $$ from the company. He said no the company owes him alot if $$.I missed the warning with his smooth words. Take candy from a baby . Karma will find each and every one of them.my book made $22. 00 of royalties. I pushed the book signing events and not a marketing anything as promised from Tate publishing. Now I have a book with a name that I dispise ** Tate*** and who is now getting the revinue *** not me** I have people all over the world Thanking me for the book but I have empty pockets.Thet should be ashamed!!!!!! ******Using God to rip people off ****

  7. Willie Atkinson on November 11, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Here is the thing, I went to Tate publishing by Plane from Charleston SC when I arrived at the publishing company They had my name on a parking spot welcoming me there. I should have seen through all of that. but I did not because I was so excited to have my book published like everyone else I was blind to the truth. I can’t complain of the job they done on my book it was great and they must have sold lots of copies But the only check That I received was 3.50 cent over a 3 year period and not apenny on my music CD with my own songs that I wrote and sang all though again I think they did a great job on my music. The bad thing is I spent over 10000 thousand dollars with them to put in thier bank accounts and God only knows how much they made on my CD and book. I forgive you RICHARD AND RYAN and I will go on with some one else with my future books I have written 2 more and working on my 4th book right now I pray that I don’t ever be taken advantage of again. GREED IS A BAD THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Charlotte Brown on November 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I doubt victims will see a dime from Tate. It’s a shame that this fraud went on for years. As an author, I bought into the dream that Tate sold me. But it was a pipe dream. All the promises, the publicist, the advertisements, book sales, were nothing but lies. I hope justice comes from this but the victims like myself will never get paid back our money. The Tate’s don’t care. They are sociopaths that have no conscious stealing from trusting innocent people who had a dream. They knew exactly what to say to hook a victim. As a victim, my gut told me over and over that they were lying. Every time I asked for record of sales, their employees would suddenly get confused as if they had forgotten English. Lies about advertising went on for years. Finally after 4 years, I threw in my towel leaving Tate right before the bottom fell out. I know I’ll never see a penny of my hard earned money that I’d given to those swindlers. I hope they rot in jail. Lesson learned, when someone spiels you a tale that sounds too good to be true, beware. The father and son are sociopaths. How else could they smile in your face and lie while taking your money. When their money runs out so will their attorneys. I hope they rot in jail and they never see the light of day outside their cell. The best thing folks can do that were victims to this is to move on with your dreams. Don’t let the Tate’s take anymore from you.

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