The former president of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce was charged Thursday in Stephens County District Court on one count of obtaining money by false pretenses, but investigators say more charges may follow, depending on the results of an ongoing audit investigation.

Prosecutors allege that Carole Ann Scott, who ran the Chamber office for more than 10 years, falsified her own paycheck to show bonus earnings that the Chamber board did not approve.

Information filed in court states that the $2,805 check was written in October 2005.

District Attorney Gene Christian said that his investigators are still sifting through bank records and performing handwriting analysis on other documents to see if any other evidence of any other crimes comes to light.

“It’s best to bring one count first to get the process going,” Christian said. “The hardest part of doing an audit like this is determining a dollar amount.”

He added that another difficulty would be trying to trace cash transactions that did not leave a paper trail. Some functions run by the Chamber involved cash payments for tickets and entry.

Christian said that Scott has been cooperative with his office thus far.

Scott was terminated from her position with the Chamber in April by a vote of the board and an investigation began shortly after.

The Chamber board is still searching for a new director.

A preliminary hearing for Scott is set for Sept. 19 and she is out on a $2,500 bond.

The charge carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment and up to a $5,000 fine.

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