Rodeo pro, ranch manager charged in cattle case

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - A Texas rodeo professional and an
Oklahoma ranch manager are accused of embezzlement and conspiracyover nearly 300 head of missing cattle.

Thirty-six-year-old Michael Matt of Blanco, Texas, and 22-year-old Traven Clifft of McAlester are charged with conspiracy and three counts of felony embezzlement.

Investigators say Clifft was arrested Friday afternoon. Matt is expected to surrender this week.

Matt is a four-time world champion bull fighter and rodeo personality.

The two are accused of selling cattle at livestock sales in McAlester and Ada in Matt's name, and then splitting more than $47,000 in proceeds. Clifft also is accused of selling another 280 head for $131,200.

Clifft had managed Ramblin Rose Ranch in Pittsburg County, Okla., for a California couple, who grew suspicious when invoices for feed began decreasing.

There were no telephone listings for Matt or Clifft, and court records do not indicate if either has retained an attorney.

Information from: McAlester News-Capital,

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