Charge accuses Norman man of embezzling from journalists' group

A felony embezzlement charge was filed Friday against the former treasurer of an Oklahoma organization for professional journalists.
by Randy Ellis Published: February 16, 2013
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A felony embezzlement charge was filed Friday against the former treasurer of an Oklahoma organization for professional journalists.

Scott Eric Cooper, 45, of Norman, is accused of embezzling $43,220 from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Cooper is accused of writing checks to himself from the organization's checking account while acting as the group's treasurer.

“Cooper wrote a letter to the organization's board of directors, and he confessed to having a gambling problem that led to his stealing money from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists,” a Norman police detective wrote.

The felony charge was filed in Cleveland County District Court.

Ed Blau, Cooper's attorney, said Friday that he had not yet seen the charge and was not in a position to comment.

Cooper resigned as treasurer-secretary of the journalists' organization in May after checks written on the organization's account were returned for insufficient funds.

Blau said at that time that Cooper deeply regretted his actions and was working to repay the money.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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