The Duncan Banner

August 2, 2013

Ex-Davis employee to be evaluated in embezzlement case

Mike Smith
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Prosecutors are seeking a competency evaluation for a former employee of Davis Air Conditioning in Duncan accused of embezzling about $44,000 from the business.

Lanora Lee Griswold, 43, of Geronimo, has been charged with embezzlement for allegedly taking $44,000 in cash from the business between April 2012 and this past May.

The charge, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, was filed on July 23 and she appeared in Stephens County District Court on July 31.

Bond was set a $20,000, but proceedings were stayed pending a competency evaluation sought by prosecutors who believe Griswold may be a danger to herself and others.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Griswold took about $44,000 in cash that was supposed to be deposited into the business account of Davis Air Conditioning and instead used it for personal reasons.

The company’s owner, Virgil Davis, and Scott McMurran told investigators that there had been few cash deposits made into the company bank account since April 2012 while Griswold was employed there and responsible for making the deposits.

They also said she misused a company credit card, which was used to pay for services and products from a hair stylist, according to court documents.

Griswold admitted to District Attorney’s Investigator Justin Scott that she took what she thought was about $20,000, but did not dispute that the amount of cash and credit card purchases could exceed $50,000.

She said while employed, she was in a relationship with a “very demanding” man and some of the money taken was used to make payments on his truck and boat. She also said she had provided money to her sick mother, according to records.