CANTON, Okla. — Oklahoma Tax Commission decided Tuesday to terminate Canton tag agent Donald Foster due to fraud concerns. That decision will leave the community without a tag agent.

OTC plans to turn over information regarding potential fraud by Foster to the Blaine County District Attorney’s Office, according to an OTC news release. OTC said Foster violated commission procedures, and an OTC audit revealed Foster allowed improper titling of numerous watercraft. Foster opened the tag agency July 6, 2006.

“The OTC takes the actions of Mr. Foster very seriously. I am disappointed he violated the trust of Oklahoma taxpayers by not following the rules and guidelines set forth by the OTC to fulfill his job duties. We strive to provide quality service and uphold our commitment to the citizens of Oklahoma,” said OTC Executive Director Jay Doyle.

In an effort to maintain reasonable costs while serving the residents of Oklahoma, OTC commissioners voted not to replace the Canton tag agent. Metrics such as the tag agency’s proximity to other locations, population trends and volume of business are used to determine if an agency is beneficial and cost-efficient for the area. There are three other tag offices in Blaine County. In the last year, Canton Tag Agency’s volume was in the bottom 8% of all tag agencies in the state, according to the news release.

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