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Former Oklahoma DHS worker charged with wire fraud

A retired DHS worker, Katharine A. Daugherty, has been charged in Oklahoma City federal court with wire fraud. Her attorney, Irven Box, said she has accepted responsibility for her actions and intends to plead guilty to the felony charge. A hearing is set for Wednesday.
by Nolan Clay Published: September 17, 2012
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She later faked a court guardianship order and sent it by fax to the Labor Department to continue the scheme, prosecutors allege.

The Labor Department continued to make the monthly benefits payments for more than a year after the man's death before the scheme was uncovered, according to the charge.

Prosecutors want to take funds from her state retirement account to cover the loss.

Daugherty already is on probation. She pleaded guilty in January in Oklahoma County District Court to a felony bogus check charge. She paid $3,005 in restitution.

She worked at DHS from December 1979 to June 1985 and again from November 1986 to August 2011, a DHS spokeswoman said.

She was earning $41,618 per year at the time of her retirement.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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