A Georgia man, arrested in Sequoyah County, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Muskogee. Tory Derrel Larkins, 30, of Lithia, Georgia, was sentenced to 40 months, followed by 36 months of supervised released for possession of counterfeit securities. Larkins pleaded guilty to the charge in April.
The charge arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) and the U.S. Secret Service.
On Oct. 9 last year, Larkins was driving east on Interstate 40 and was clocked at 78 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. He was stopped by an OHP trooper at the 299 eastbound mile marker.
The trooper noticed Larkins was nervous, his hands were shaking uncontrollably and his stomach was quivering. Larkins gave the trooper several stories about his travels while seated in the OHP car, then reached into a pocket and pulled out what he told the trooper were gift cards. When the trooper asked to see the cards, Larkins stuck them back in his pocket and refused to hand them over.
He also would not remove his hand from his pocket, suggesting to the trooper that he may have been searching for a weapon. When the trooper demanded Larkins remove his hand from his pocket, Larkins refused. The trooper physically removed Larkins from the patrol car and told him he was under arrest. According to the report, Larkins refused to comply and continued to struggle with the trooper on the ground. A second trooper arrived and Larkins was taken into custody.
The investigation revealed Larkins was driving without a valid license, was driving a third-party expired rental vehicle, and had 60 alleged counterfeit checks, some of which had been denied and some of which were used to purchase gift cards.
Larkins will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service pending transportation to a federal prison where he will serve the non-parolable sentence.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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