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Embezzlement investigation under way at in Oklahoma's Carter County district attorney's office

A supervisor for the Carter County district attorney's office was fired and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has opened an embezzlement investigation after a state audit revealed a long list of accounting discrepancies at the office's bogus check division.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Published: January 19, 2013

— A supervisor at the Carter County district attorney's office has been fired and state investigators are looking into possible embezzlement there, authorities said.

District Attorney Craig Ladd would not name the fired employee, but said the investigation was opened after a state audit last fall revealed a long list of questionable activity with multiple finance accounts in the office.

The fired employee was a supervisor of the office's bogus check program, which collects restitution from people convicted of passing bad checks and remits the funds to the victims.

She also managed additional restitution programs, monthly fees by those on court-ordered supervision and the office's property forfeiture program, Ladd said.

Ladd recused himself from the investigation, and the district attorney assigned to look into it — Emily Redman, of Bryan County — requested the assistance of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The audit report released in August, plus conversations with auditors, revealed serious concerns about the office's account balances and practices, Redman said, “enough that I felt like law enforcement needed to look into it.”

She said she was specifically concerned about $435,000 in write-offs logged by the bogus check division during fiscal years 2009 and 2010, and $8,500 in funds that were marked as received by the office in fiscal year 2010 but never deposited with the county treasurer.

The fired supervisor told auditors she would sometimes log onto the account's management software with the user name and password of other office employees without their knowledge, according to the report.

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