List of victims for Tate Publishing finalized

By TERRY GROOVER
tgroover@theyukonreview.com

The Oklahoma attorney general’s office is preparing a final restitution plan that could help bring to a close the case against the owners of a former Mustang-based vanity book publishing company.
Alex Gerszewski, a spokesman for Attorney General Mike Hunter, said the restitution plan against Ryan and Richard Tate of Tate Publishing is expected to be filed in Canadian County District Court in September.
He said 500 people have been confirmed as victims of the Tate’s scheme to embezzle funds and materials. The total restitution is expected to be around $900,000.
That amount is
higher than the original total to which the Tates agreed when they entered their no-contest pleas in December.
The pair pleaded guilty to 44 counts that included embezzlement, attempted extortion, conspiracy and a pattern of criminal behavior.
They were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The sentence, however, was suspended.
In addition, they were ordered to immediately pay $109,000.
The total restitution was to be determined after all claims had been filed.
The deadline was June 15.
The attorney general’s office filed the final restitution total document with the court at the end of June.
The restitution plan is expected to be filed with the court on Sept. 5 at the Tates’ next court date.
Gerszewski said the restitution is based on the amount that officials could confirm was owed to the authors through receipts, credit card payments, checks and other financial documents.
Things like future earnings could not be confirmed, thus were not included in the restitution.
Originally, then-
Special Judge Jack McCurdy had ordered the Tates to repay $825,895.22 to their customers. That number, Gerszewski said, increased as more victims filed claims against the publishers.
More then 2,200 complaints were filed against the company.
The embezzlement charges accused the Tates of taking money from authors for the publication of their material but failing to do so. They also did not return the artists’ money.
The attempted extortion charges relate to requiring the artists to pay the company a $50 processing fee for the return of their materials, otherwise, they said the material would be destroyed.
In November, the pair agreed to relinquish their rights to the material, which includes books, music, videos and other materials.
That allows victims to retrieve their materials and have the option of finding another publisher.
The investigation into the company began in June 2015 after the attorney general’s consumer product unit began receiving complaints against Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC and Tate Music Group LLC.
The complaints included failure to deliver products, failure to pay royalty earnings and of making threats to destroy files unless the artist paid a processing fee for the return of the artists’ files.
The affidavit that was filed with the case states that a review of bank records showed that monies produced by the sale of publishing or music production services were deposited into business checking accounts and then transferred to the personal checking accounts of Ryan and Christy Tate as well as Richard and Rita Tate.
Court records also indicated that the processing fees were initially deposited into the company’s accounts, but later transferred into personal checking accounts, and were used for personal transactions including dining and entertainment expenses at casinos.
The company closed in January 2017 after losing court cases that had been filed by Tennessee-based Lightning Source and Xerox.
A federal judge ordered the company to pay Lightning Source more than $2 million for money paid to Tate Publishing for the distribution and printing of 5.5 million books during a five-year contract.
Xerox was awarded $1,446,070.67 by a Canadian County judge.
Later that year, the Tates sent out an email stating that it planned to restart the business.
That notice prompted the attorney general to move forward with charges against the father and son.

8 Comments

  1. Linda Duncan on September 9, 2019 at 11:07 am

    It is so sad that so may people will not
    receive even a fraction of what was invested in their project with Ta⁵
    Is there any kind of target date for restitution?

    Thank you!
    Linda Duncan,

  2. Etta Miller warner on September 16, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Tate published 4 children’s books for me. A Fish Named Max, Max has the Hiccups, Max’s Wish and Max’s Crises.
    I would like to get ALL my files. Art work and test. Please let me know what I have to do to get them. please let me hear asap as I need to move forward with my writings, Thanks
    Blessings
    Etta M Warner

    • Carolyn Williams on September 17, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Sorry for your loss, looks like we both have suffered loss due to Closing of Tate Publishing. I am willing to share what I learn and ask if you would mind doing the same?

      • Jerry Ingram on October 1, 2019 at 6:28 am

        Horrible people, the Tate’s and what they have done to us. Posing as a Christian Company they were able to take advantage of us because of our faith…

        If I find any information, I to will share it. There has been no mention of the 500 consumers who will be getting a proceed of their money back.

        Blessings
        Min. Jerry Ingram,

  3. Carolyn Williams on September 17, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Looking to recover my ISBN, electronic file and art work on Mystery In The Pines, published 2011. What recourse do I have to recover the above? Please help with any response.

    • Tom Geyer on October 7, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      Hi Carolyn,
      I was wondering if you ever found out anything about how to retrieve your file. I too was a Tate author, and would like to get my file and isbn. Would you let me know if you find anything out. Thanks, Tom

  4. Susanne Wold on September 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

    We, the little guys will, in all likelihood, get nothing for what we sacrificially paid in good faith (not to mentioned unreturned artwork). Two big companies, Lightning Source and Xerox, make out okay. Typical. And the felons who deliberately scammed and stole from us have to repay only a pittance of their theft and have their 20 year sentence suspended and you can bet they’ve hidden money so they’ll resume their lavish lifestyle. The American “justice” system once again at work. I’ve learned one thing – crime does pay and pay big. I’m glad that there will be ultimate justice for these phony “CHRISTIANS” who wouldn’t know the truth if it hit them in the heads.

  5. Margaret Keathley on October 11, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I have two books published with Tate—“The Color Story” and “Star’s Angel”. I was not one of the lucky ones who had their files returned. I did file a complaint with the OK Attorney General’s office though. I have two books that are no longer available and have found out they cannot be republished as is. I am getting emails/calls from other vanity publishers but do not trust anyone at this point. I just hope I can get at least some part of my money back. Good luck to everyone who was betrayed. I am sure the Tate family will enjoy the comforts of the 9th circle when their times comes.

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