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Two former Roland officials were overpaid $180,000, audit found

State auditor turned special investigative report over to Sequoyah County prosecutors.
by Nolan Clay Modified: January 29, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: January 28, 2014
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ROLAND — The former deputy clerk of this small town in eastern Oklahoma was overpaid $129,441 in salary between July 1, 2009, and her resignation Jan. 14, 2013, a special state audit found.

The former deputy clerk, Joetta Tyler-Hyde, also received $21,976 in grant commissions she was not entitled to, including $6,600 after she quit, the investigative audit found.

Tyler-Hyde resigned after failing to show up for a meeting with town officials to discuss allegations against her.

The former town administrator, Greg Wilson, was overpaid $51,633 in salary between July 1, 2009, and Feb. 1, 2013, when he was fired, the audit found.

“It's amazing how quickly someone in a position of trust can empty town accounts when no one is watching,” state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones said. “We're finding this problem more and more in small communities across the state that have limited personnel and have placed people in positions to handle finances with little or no oversight.”

The audit uncovered a number of irregularities in the town's finances.

For instance, the town paid $12,307 on premiums to purchase health insurance for the deputy town clerk's husband after town minutes were falsified to identify him as a full-time town employee, according to the audit. He was not.

Also, someone used the town's petty cash debit card between August 2011 and January 2012 to made $1,172 in online purchases from nutritional and weight loss supplement companies, the audit found. Tyler-Hyde emailed one of the companies, Zen Life, later in 2012, the audit found.

Jones said the 32-page audit, requested by town officials, was sent to Sequoyah County prosecutors.

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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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