Ex-YWCA Oklahoma City worker facing embezzlement charge turns herself in

Shannon Marie Rickards, 41, of Oklahoma City, is accused of stealing more than $280,000 in revenues generated by a store that resells donated clothing to support program for battered women and children.
by Tim Willert Modified: May 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm •  Published: May 13, 2013

A former high-ranking employee accused of stealing more than $280,000 from YWCA Oklahoma City turned herself in Monday, authorities said.

Shannon Marie Rickards, 41, of Oklahoma City, was booked into the Oklahoma County jail and released, a detention officer said.

Rickards was charged Thursday with one count of embezzlement. The state attorney general's office is prosecuting the case.

Rickards is accused of embezzling $281,410 between October 2010 and January 2013 while she was chief financial officer, court records show.

All the embezzled money came from revenues generated by Our Sisters' Closet, a resale store at 2209 W Interstate 240 Service Road.

The store resells donated clothing to support YWCA programs, including crisis services for battered women and children.

Rickards admitted to charity executives and investigators that she transferred ownership of two bank cards to her name to steal funds, records show.

Rickards said she used the cards at automated teller machines to withdraw funds from an account that belonged to the resale shop. Security footage shows her using the cards at ATMs inside gambling facilities, prosecutors said.

She also admitted to altering bank statements to cover up the embezzlement, records show.


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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