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Oklahoma couple charged with embezzlement from town's funds

BY MEGAN ROLLAND mrolland@opubco.com Published: November 26, 2012
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In the couple's absence, other town officials discovered irregularities in the town's financial records.

After the town board confronted Stephanie Clark, who was town clerk at the time, over some of the questioned charges, she reimbursed the city for almost $3,000.

A working telephone number for the Clarks could not be found, and they haven't registered an attorney with the courts.

Much of the alleged fraud recorded in the investigations took place between 2007 and 2009.

Multiple checks

Daniel Clark received a salary of roughly $2,800 a month for his position as director of emergency services, but he also was paid $1,250 a month for the title of administrator of the town's Emergency Medical Service District.

Additionally, Clark would file for hourly wages as an emergency medical technician. The state audit found that several of the timecards submitted for Daniel Clark were for “on-call” shifts, but use of the town's gas card indicated he was out of town during that time.

The warrant for the Clarks' arrests states Stephanie Clark “knowingly received said false claims … and generated payroll checks.”

Stephanie Clark was paid for her role as the town clerk-treasurer, but also received $5,000 annually to be the administrative assistance to the emergency medical service district, and she also was paid for her hourly wage as an EMT, the audit report states.

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