Secret recording catches Robert Bates bragging about influence

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TULSA, Okla. — Secret recordings have been released involving a lawsuit with Robert Bates and an insurance company he used to own.

Bates talked openly about his work with the department during a conversation over drinks in 2012.

Our sister station, Fox 23 in Tulsa obtained the recording from federal court.

In it, Bates suggests he’s used his position with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office to his advantage, saying, in part, “He knows I’ve done some (expletive) for him at the sheriff’s office, for some of his clients,” when explaining why he had not paid a certain attorney.