Woman sentenced to two years for buying sex toys, other items with Oklahoma State University credit card

A former Oklahoma State University employee who used her university-issued credit card to buy $80,000 worth of sex toys, electronics and other personal items will serve two years in state prison, court records show.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: November 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm •  Published: November 30, 2012
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— A former Oklahoma State University employee who used her school-issued credit card to buy $80,000 worth of sex toys, electronics and other personal items will serve two years in state prison, court records show.

Cynthia Shirleen Low, 47, also will have to pay restitution and be placed on two years' probation following her release. She pleaded guilty in July to embezzlement charges.

Low, who worked for OSU's chemistry department, resigned her position in February 2010. She was arrested nearly a year later and charged with embezzlement in Payne County District Court.

Prosecutors said Low used a university-issued credit card to buy sex toys, clothes, jewelry, electronics and other personal items between July 2008 and February 2010.

Witnesses listed in court documents included Frank Blum, of OSU's chemistry department, and Brenna Dixon, a forensic accountant in the university controller's office.

Documents show that a fellow OSU employee approached university police a month after Low quit her job, saying she believed Low had used a school-issued credit card to make personal purchases.

The informant showed several invoices to police, which allegedly showed that Low had doctored receipts to make improper purchases look legitimate.

Investigators also found evidence of invoice tampering on Low's work computer.

Cynthia Low and her husband, Tommy Alan Low, filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2008, claiming more than $150,000 in debt, court records show.

Authorities say the embezzlement in OSU's chemistry department began about a month after the couple filed for bankruptcy.


by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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