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October 10, 2013

Brown pleads guilty in Bray-Doyle embezzlement charges

BRAY — A former Bray-Doyle Public School employee charged with embezzling funds from the school district pleaded guilty Wednesday in Stephens County District Court.

Kimberly Dawn Brown, 46, of Marlow, was formally charged with embezzlement in May 2012, following months of investigation. The initial investigation was prompted by Bray-Doyle Superintendent David Eads in October 2011. Brown might have been misappropriating funds as early as March 2008, based on the investigation.

“This morning (Wednesday), she entered a plea of guilty of 14 charges,” District Attorney Jason Hicks said. “As part of the agreement, she had to take full responsibility for the $255,000 that we can identify.”

Brown was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 25 years suspended and was remanded to serve five years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Hicks said Brown also had to confess to a civil agreement.

She has to pay a $250 fine on each of the 14 counts of embezzlement, which equals about $3,500. When Brown is released from custody, following her five year sentence, she will have to make restitution to the school district at $1,100 a month until the identified $255,510.70 is paid off.

Brown was the school’s encumbrance clerk for the school district, but resigned her post prior to Eads issuing a press release about the incident. She was charged with transferring funds into her personal account for car repairs, her son’s tuition at Cameron University and payment on her husband’s account with Rural Electric Cooperative.

Discrepancies in the school district’s Christmas account were discovered during the annual audit. The Christmas account was created to allow all school district employees to contribute to it, so at the holidays they could withdraw their contributions along with the interest earned. Brown, who was in charge of the funds, wrote checks on that account, and then transferred funds from the general account to cover the Christmas account deficiencies.

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