Treasurer of local SPJ chapter resigns amid inquiry into missing funds

Local journalist Scott Cooper has resigned as treasurer-secretary of the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists amid an internal investigation into unauthorized withdrawals from the organization's checking account.
by Randy Ellis Published: May 17, 2012
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Local journalist Scott Cooper has resigned as treasurer-secretary of the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists amid an internal investigation into unauthorized withdrawals from the organization's checking account.

A preliminary review revealed more than $40,000 in unauthorized withdrawals from the account, M. Scott Carter, president of the local chapter, said in a statement.

Contacted by telephone, Cooper referred all questions to his attorney, Ed Blau.

“My client deeply regrets his actions as detailed in the Oklahoma SPJ statement,” Blau said. “Words cannot express the embarrassment and remorse my client feels as a result of his mistakes.”

Blau said Cooper is working to repay the money and “asks for the forgiveness of his friends and colleagues.”

Other leaders of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists first learned of the missing funds May 8 when they were notified checks written on the organization's account had been returned for insufficient funds, Carter said.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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My client deeply regrets his actions as detailed in the Oklahoma SPJ statement. Words cannot express the embarrassment and remorse my client feels as a result of his mistakes.”

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