- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) - A state audit says about $150,000 was embezzled from the Talihina Public Works Authority by a former utility clerk who has resigned.

Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones says the former clerk has admitted taking the money starting in 2012, but has underestimated the missing amount. Jones said it’s been impossible to determine exactly how much money was embezzled.

Le Flore County District Attorney Jeff Smith told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2qYbdaJ ) that he hasn’t thoroughly reviewed the audit to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.

The Public Works Authority provides water and sewer service to the southeastern Oklahoma town.

The audit also says agency was late in paying state and federal unemployment payroll taxes, leading to $22,000 in penalties and interest.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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