Former Luther town clerk and treasurer faces nine felony counts, including embezzlement

The former town clerk and treasurer of Luther, Donita Gayle Roby, 42, stands charged of personally using nearly $48,000 of town funds.
by Matt Dinger Published: February 5, 2014
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The former town clerk and treasurer of Luther has been charged with embezzlement after an audit showed she apparently had used nearly $48,000 of town funds for personal use.

Donita Gayle Roby, 42, was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with one count of embezzlement and eight felony counts of unlawfully using a computer network for the purpose of obtaining money.

Roby is accused of making unauthorized purchases using the town debit card and electronic checks between July 2012 and November 2013. The purchases were discovered during a yearly audit, according to the probable cause affidavit.

There were 352 unauthorized transactions totaling $47,834.36, records show.

How the money was spent is not outlined in court documents.

The discrepancies were first reported in November, but Luther Mayor Cecilia Taft filed a complaint Dec. 16, the affidavit states.

Taft fired Roby on Nov. 17 after she admitted to use of the town bank account to pay her personal expenses, according to the affidavit.

She also told the mayor and vice mayor that she had not paid the town's payroll taxes since September 2012.

Roby had not been booked into the Oklahoma County jail as of Tuesday afternoon, jailers said.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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