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Former Canadian County CASA official accused of embezzling more than $70,000

Traci Owens, 45, was arrested on 72 complaints of embezzlement. Officials believe she embezzled more than $70,000 while serving as the executive director for an organization that advocates for abused and neglected children
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: April 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm •  Published: April 2, 2014
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Investigators claim Owens repeatedly wrote herself extra payroll checks and reimbursement checks for expenses she would not have had to pay in the first place, according to court documents. These claimed expenses include a hotel for a foster family, spring break trips, clothes for children, supplies and travel expenses.

“My investigation shows Owens systematically abused her position by issuing herself extra payroll, bonus checks and other unauthorized expenditures, and all but bankrupted CASA,” Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said.

Owens was booked into Canadian County jail Monday and was released on $50,000 bail. Owens did not return a message seeking comment and her attorney declined to comment.

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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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