Bartlesville employees plead guilty to misdemeanor

BARTLESVILLE — Eight city of Bartlesville water department employees have pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 13, 2013
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BARTLESVILLE — Eight city of Bartlesville water department employees have pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges.

A local newspaper reports the workers entered the pleas Wednesday in Washington County District Court. They were charged with misdemeanor embezzlement in October. The employees were accused of selling city-owned scrap materials — including water meters, brass fittings, copper and iron — to a local recycling center.

Special Judge John Gerkin says the eight men would receive six-month deferred sentences, unsupervised probation and would not pay restitution in the cases. District Attorney Kevin Buchanan says prosecutors don't have clear evidence as to any amounts the workers might have received. The workers must also pay $250 in fines and a $75 assessment.

A ninth employee faces felony embezzlement and will appear in court on Dec. 20.



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