Additional charges filed against travel agent in Oklahoma | KSNF/KODE

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MIAMI, Oklahoma – Ottawa County District Attorney Doug Pewitt has filed a motion to expedite a stay of sentencing against Diahann Wiford, who is currently under investigation by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office for alleged consumer fraud.

Wiford, 51, of Miami, appeared in Ottawa District Court on Monday, where she was assigned a court-appointed attorney. The motion to speed up sentencing is related to two felony counts of passing bad checks in Oklahoma.

In both cases, Wiford, who was known as Diahann Rae Cott-Brumley, pleaded guilty in Ottawa County District Court in July 2017 to obtaining cash or goods by forged check or false pretenses, a felony. She received 10 years’ probation in both cases.

According to court records, bail for violating their restraining orders is $10,000 per plea.

Court records show that Wiford legally used the surnames Cott, Click, Brumley, Minson and Riefle.

She remains in the Ottawa County Jail on an outstanding Taney County warrant.

She allegedly violated her probation after failing to appear in Taney County, Missouri, in January 2018 on four counts of forged checks, according to the motion to speed up her sentence.

Court records show that between November 6 and November 22, 2010, Wiford wrote 18 checks totaling $2,043.33 under the name Diahann Cott. However, in Taney County, he was accused of writing three bad checks for $73.64, $103.09 and $64.41, all of which were drawn on a nonexistent bank account at Regions Bank.

Another Oklahoma probation violation against Wiford is his failure to pay $3,241.60 in fines and court costs, the motion states.

Wiford has already run into trouble with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office.

Wiford and her husband Kenny own the Miami-based company Wiford Tour and Travel. The company is the subject of a Miami Police Department investigation in which customers booked trips and vacations through the travel agency and allegedly never received their tickets. Other company names used included Wiford Travel and KenDi Wiford.

Previous attempts to reach Wiford were unsuccessful. However, in a social media post under the name “Wiford Bus Tours,” Wiford denied any wrongdoing and stated that “at no time did we act in bad faith or with the intent to harm anyone.”

Her company, Wiford Tour and Travel, has been registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State since November 2023 and Wiford Travel since April 2024. She has also operated businesses under the names Cheap Branson Fun, Christian Travel, and Galaxy Christian Ministry.

“We are submitting nearly 700 complaints to the Attorney General’s office today,” said Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson.

This is not the first time that Wiford has had financial problems.

Wiford was on probation for finding a way to bypass a Buffalo Run casino’s card system and cheat the casino out of $193,000 worth of free playing cards.

In 2015, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a cease-and-desist order against Wiford for violating the Home Sales Act, consumer protection laws and North Dakota’s do-not-call laws. Wiford would make phone calls offering cheap vacations if the consumer would attend a timeshare seminar and pay a $99 participation fee, the nine-page order said.