Edmond Police Identify Suicide Victim As Attorney Under Investigation For Car Scam

Thursday, July 7th 2016, 11:09 am
By: News 9

An attorney under investigation for allegedly being involved in a high-dollar car scam has been identified as the man who committed suicide at an Edmond gun range Wednesday morning.

According to Edmond police, Kermit Milburn shot himself at Safety 1st Gun Range. He later died at the hospital.

Milburn is reportedly under investigation for his alleged involvement in a high-dollar car scam.

According to the search warrant filed in Oklahoma County, it was last month when the owner of a real 1969 Ford Shelby Mustang Fastback was told that a car with the exact same VIN number was being advertised on a classic car auction website.  And that the seller was from Edmond, Oklahoma.

The tax commission got involved and started investigating, and so did law enforcement. A woman came forward and told authorities that she witnessed "VIN plates" being removed and new VIN plates being placed on cars at a Lincoln County car shop. She said she also saw VIN numbers grinded off or covered up in order to conceal the original number.

The investigation led authorities to a Canadian County property where they found a 1968 Shelby Mustang Convertible and also a 1969 Shelby Mustang Fastback. But the Fastback was missing the VIN plate on one of the fenders.

Now authorities are trying to determine if the two were fakes and if there was any cloning going on.

Investigators said they seized items from Milburn’s Coffee Creek home. Inside, authorities said they found pictures of Ford Mustangs being rebuilt, vehicle reports, lists of Ford Mustangs and VIN numbers, blank Ford and Shelby VIN plates, a secret Ford Mustang Decoder book, and several titles to various Ford Mustang cars.

Investigators also seized several financial records and computers during their search, as well as several signed Shelby car parts.