by Jack Money Published: May 4, 2017 10:40 AM CDT Updated: May 4, 2017 5:36 PM CDT

State authorities on Thursday derailed Tate Publishing and Enterprises’ plan to resume operating.

Richard Tate, the firm’s founder, and his son Ryan Tate, its CEO, were arrested Thursday morning on eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge filed by Oklahoma’s attorney general that accuse them of embezzlement, extortion and racketeering.

Richard Tate, 70, and Ryan Tate, 38, each face four felony embezzlement charges, a misdemeanor embezzlement charge, and three felony attempted extortion by threat charges.

Each man also faces a felony racketeering charge, and authorities said they also intend to try to get restitution from the men to compensate victimized customers.

Thursday’s arrests were the latest twist in a highly unusual affair.

Until Ryan Tate emailed some of his company’s clients last week to inform them Mustang-based Tate Publishing was reopening, it appeared the company no longer was an ongoing concern.

The company was established more than 20 years ago and, during its existence, had worked with tens of thousands of clients to publish their books and music.

But earlier this year, Richard Tate had told The Oklahoman the company was experiencing tough economic times by 2013.

Within a few years, Tate Publishing found itself being sued by printing services providers for millions of dollars.

In January 2017, Tate Publishing closed. Months later, those providers — Xerox and Lightning Source — both won their cases after Tate Publishing failed to respond to related discovery requests.

“A review of bank records shows that monies derived from the sale of publishing or music production services were deposited into business checking accounts and then transferred to Ryan Tate and Christy Tate and/or Richard Tate and Rita Tate’s personal checking accounts,” Fullbright stated.

“Bank records also show that the $50 processing fee checks from authors, made payable to Tate Publishing, were deposited directly into both Tate Publishing checking accounts and the personal bank account of Richard and Rita Tate. Richard and Rita Tate’s account appears to be used for personal transactions, including dining and entertainment at casinos in Oklahoma.”

Each of the charges filed Thursday was based on a past interactions between Tate Publishing and Enterprises, or its affiliated operation, Tate Music Group, with one of its clients.

Hunter said it’s likely that additional charges — and, perhaps additional defendants — could be added to the state’s case as its investigation continues.

A letter the firm emailed to some of its clients that announced it was resuming operations prompted this week’s charges, he added.

“That had something to do with us approaching this in the expeditious manner that we did. We don’t need any more victims,” Hunter said. “We are very focused on this. There now have been more than 800 complaints, and we are going to look into each one of them.”

Hunter said the unit still doesn’t know how much money the Tates might have wrongfully obtained.

Case details

According to information filed as part of the case:

The first embezzlement count involves a deal Frank Mineo, of Phoenix, Arizona, made with Tate Publishing in January 2016. Mineo paid Tate Publishing $25,800 to publish his book and to provide him with 10,000 copies. Mineo never received his books, and the charge states a state investigator tracked the money into Tate bank accounts.

The second embezzlement count involves a deal Clay Jacobs, of Abilene, Texas, made with Tate Music Group to produce a Christmas album, which he expected would be recorded and released in 2017. He paid the company $799 in November 2016, but the charge states he never got to record his album and didn’t receive a refund.

The third embezzlement count in the case involves a deal Bill Blair, of Guthrie, made with Tate Publishing to print his book. Blair paid Tate $2,485 to produce 75 copies of his book, but never got them. The charge states his work was put onto Amazon and offered for sale (with a notation it was unavailable and couldn’t be purchased).

The fourth and fifth embezzlement counts in the case (the latter a misdemeanor) involve books Tate Publishing printed, distributed and sold for authors in North Carolina and Louisiana. The counts accuse Tate Publishing of failing to pay royalties to those authors.

The three attempted extortion counts accuse Tate Publishing of contacting three authors and demanding they each pay the firm $50 to prevent the destruction of their files.

Heather D. Nelson, an author who has a lifetime contract with Tate Publishing, expressed relief on Thursday.

“It is incredibly encouraging to see the attorney general taking us seriously,” Nelson said. But Nelson said nobody really knows how much money the Tates have or what they owe.

“As much as I am excited to see that the attorney general making is process and moving forward, because of how slowly this process has gone, I don’t know that I am that hopeful we will get much,” she said. “It is encouraging to know that at the very least, the Tates are not going to do this to someone else.”

By Thursday afternoon, Richard and Ryan Tate each were working on getting released on a $100,000 bond, authorities said. Both men also had been ordered to surrender their passports.

Tate published both of my books: A Child is Missing & A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice. Right now, I’m working with AlyBlue Publishing on a second edition to get them back on the market. Kathy’s story is also in Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Homicide and Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case.





Press Release

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Attorney General Hunter Files Charges on Ryan and Richard Tate

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today filed eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Ryan and Richard Tate for alleged fraudulent business practices the two conducted while operating their businesses, Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group.

The charges include 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.

Since the businesses ceased operations in January, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit has received 718 complaints from authors or musicians who contracted with the companies. Complaints from customers 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.

Attorney General Mike Hunter applauded the work of the Consumer Protection Unit and the agents who investigated the case that brought charges.

“The means by which Ryan and Richard Tate conducted business to defraud individuals from across the country is unconscionable and a blatant disregard for those who entrusted them to produce their work,” Attorney General Hunter said. “I appreciate the dedication and hard work by the agents and the attorneys in the Consumer Protection Unit, who put this case together.”

Through the course of the investigation, agents discovered that money derived from the sale of publishing books or music were deposited into business checking accounts, then transferred to Ryan or Richard Tate’s personal checking accounts.

This morning, Canadian County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Richard and Ryan Tate. A Canadian County judge set their bond at $100,000 each and ordered them to surrender their passports.

If convicted of these allegations, each defendant faces prison time and fines. The attorney general’s office plans to seek restitution for victims.

Tate Publishing Founder and Chairman of the Board of Richard Tate

Tate Publishing Founder and Chairman of the Board Richard Tate

Tate Publishing President and CEO Ryan Tate

Tate Publishing President and CEO Ryan Tate


Update on A Child is Missing and A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice

Tate Publishing, the publisher of A Child is Missing: A True Story, and A Child is Missing: Searching for Justice, have closed their doors for business. What does this mean for my books? Both books are currently not available for print once the current supply runs out. You can purchase signed copies of the first editions from me while my supply last.


Right now, Alyblue Media, is working on second editions of both books to get them back on the market. Lynda Cheldelin Fell, creator of the Grief Diary Series, launched Alyblue Media in 2013. Kathy’s story is in two Grief Diaries, Surviving Loss by Homicide and Project Cold Case.

I’ll update you when the second edition is ready for release.

Thank you,



Cold Case Spotlight – Kathy Lynn Gloddy


Cold Case Spotlight – Kathy Lynn Gloddy

On November 21, 1971, 13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy left her Franklin, New Hampshire home and walked to a convenient store nearby. After purchasing ice cream and potato sticks she was spotted on the campus of Franklin High School. Then she disappeared. The next afternoon the body of Kathy Gloddy, wearing only knee high socks, was found in the woods near a popular swimming spot just off Webster Street (now Chance Pond Road), about 3 miles from her home and a mile or so from where she was last seen. Kathy had been beaten, raped, strangled and run over repeatedly by a car. Over the last 45 years countless investigators and agencies have reviewed Kathy’s case. Persons of interest have been identified and interviewed but no arrests ever made.

In 2006, Edward Dukette, a convicted sex offender who served time for raping and nearly killing a young girl, came forward claiming to have information about Kathy Gloddy’s murder. Dukette had some connections to the Gloddy family and, according to some reports, was among the original persons of interest. Dukette confessed to being with Kathy the day she was killed but portions of his story didn’t match the evidence. Dukette would later recant his story. He died in 2009. It has been suggested by a number of individuals with intimate knowledge about the case that more than one person was involved in Kathy’s abduction, rape and murder.

Kathy’s family has endured tremendous grief over the last 45 years. On top of the unsolved rape and murder, Kathy’s older brother died during open-heart surgery, her father succumbed to cancer and in 1997, Kathy’s mother took her own life. Kathy’s remaining family members have not given up hope though. They continue to pursue justice and even advocate for other families of unsolved cases. The family was instrumental in pushing for New Hampshire’s statewide Cold Case Unit. Kathy’s sister, Karen Beaudin, has authored two books about Kathy’s case and her journey for justice; A Child is Missing: a true story and the sequel, A Child is Missing: searching for justice a true story. Both books are available on Amazon.com and Karen’s website. Karen also contributed to two books in the Grief Diaries anthology series, Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case and Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Homicide Karen also travels to speak about unsolved homicides to law enforcement agencies across the country as well as to criminal justice students at universities. Karen notes the value of teaching our future law enforcement officers about the importance of pursuing unsolved cases.

On February 13, 2017, Kathy Lynn Gloddy should have celebrated her 59th birthday. Instead she is forever 13. If you know anything about the abduction, rape and murder of Kathy Gloddy, no matter how small you think it is, please call the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit at (603) 271-2663. You can also submit a web tip here.


Please use the buttons below to share this case in hopes that someone, somewhere will come forward and give this victim and family the answers they need and justice they deserve.

If you have a loved one that is the victim of an unsolved homicide please submit their case here for consideration in a future Cold Case Spotlight post.


Another Birthday But You’re Still 13


Dear Kathy,

I wish you a happy 59th birthday. Every year your birthday goes by, and every year you remain 13. In 1971, time stood still when you were murdered. That day turned into weeks, and then months, and eventually years. You were frozen in time, never to travel again.

I love you….


Moving On Doesn’t Mean We Forget


Every year without fail, November 21st comes around, and with it, the memories of my sister Kathy’s’ murder. Kathy was savagely beaten, raped, strangled, and run over by a car. Her naked, lifeless body was discarded in the woods three miles from our home. I always thought an arrest would be made.

The loss is still heartbreaking and I miss her. I struggle to remember aspects of her personality. I can’t recall her voice, her laugh, her gestures, or her joking ways.

This summer I did a book signing at Gibson’s Bookstore in New Hampshire. A woman approached me after everyone else was gone. She told me, “I’m afraid I’ll forget him.” Her soul mate, her love had recently past away, and her greatest fear was she’d forget him. I empathized with her; the fear is real.

She had mementos from trips they’d taken and from the special life they had together. I suggested she start a journal. “Take the things you’ve collected and write about them. Use words to help remind you of the funny things he used to say, and about the trips you took together. Place the mementos with your stories. When you feel you’ve forgotten him, you’ll have your journal to help remind you of the love you shared.”

People told her to move on. “Moving on doesn’t mean we forget, or that we won’t grieve our loss years later. We learn to function after our loss, and we still reminisce. Sometimes reminiscing will make us laugh and other times cry, but either way, it’s okay.”

With tears in her eyes, she said, “I’m going to buy a journal.” We hugged, and I watched her walked away. That was an emotional conversation for me, but like so many other times, Kathy was in it. I know the fear of forgetting a laugh, a smile, or a joke. Its happened to me, and it hurts.

My goals today are different from years in the past. I don’t want Kathy to be forgotten. I hope what happened to her would cause others to make a difference in this world. One person can’t conquer the world, but one step forward can leave a positive mark.

The books, the speaking engagements, and the conversations I have with other families suffering from loss are the ways I show my love for her.

Love you, Kathy. Kisses and hugs forever…