A woman convicted of embezzlement in a cemetery | News

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NORTH ENID, Oklahoma. – An Enid woman who pleaded guilty over the summer to eight counts of embezzlement was sentenced this week.

Brandy Emmerson-Smith, 42, was charged in April 2020 with taking more than $ 300,000 from Memorial Park cemetery where she worked, and pleaded guilty on July 23. A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered and is due on September 29.

Emmerson-Smith was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison on the first count and was ordered to pay court and jail costs, $ 136,524 in restitution, money for victim’s compensation and DNA fees.

She was sentenced to eight years in prison, including two years in prison, on the second consecutive count on count one, and she was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence on the count. three, which will run consecutively to count two.

Of the remaining five counts, Emmerson-Smith was sentenced to three more 10-year suspended sentences and two five-year suspended sentences, all of which will run simultaneously to count three.

In January 2020, members of the Memorial Park Cemetery board of directors reported the embezzlement to the Enid Police Department, according to an April 14, 2020 News & Eagle article.

Both members said Emmerson-Smith had issued checks to the cemetery operating account at Stride Bank without authorization or authorization and had deposited them into his personal bank account since September 2013.

Police were able to take Emmerson-Smith’s bank statements and match any reported checks hijacked from Memorial Park cemetery with checks deposited in the accounts of Emmerson-Smith and her husband.

The total amount diverted from the cemetery was $ 317,493.84.


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