Oklahoma couple charged with embezzlement from town's funds

BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: November 26, 2012
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A husband and wife who formerly worked for the town of Cashion have been charged with embezzlement after investigations by the state auditor and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation revealed hidden accounts and credit cards in the town's name.

Daniel B. Clark, 44, and Stephanie D. Clark, 42, were arrested Tuesday on the felony charges.

Each has been released on $25,000 bail. Daniel Clark was the Cashion Emergency Services director, and Stephanie Clark was the town clerk-treasurer.

Both the report from the state auditor and inspector's office and the OSBI allege the Clarks stole thousands from the town by drawing paychecks for multiple positions, falsifying timecards and misusing credit cards and PayPal accounts.

The couple bought components for several guns, including a laser sight for a Glock pistol, two crossbows, ammunition for various weapons, a television, dog food, a digital camera with a nine-piece lens kit and a variety of other items, according to the arrest affidavit issued in Kingfisher County.

The affidavit alleges the couple purchased the items for their personal use using town funds.

The investigation into the couple began in 2009 after both were off work because of the death of their 16-year-old daughter in a traffic accident, records show.

The Clarks, who also were emergency medical technicians for the town, which is about 20 miles northwest of Edmond, were the first to arrive at the fatal accident. Kalee Jo Clark, 16, died when a sport utility vehicle driven by another teen crashed into a tree. Kalee was a passenger in the SUV. There were seven teenagers in the vehicle.

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