- Associated Press - Monday, April 24, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The former executive director of an Oklahoma charity for abused and neglected children has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison after she embezzled more than $55,000 from the group.

Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Edmond resident Traci Lorre Owens was sentenced Friday after a grand jury indicted her for allegedly embezzling money from Canadian County Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Owens was also ordered to pay back what she took from the charity and will be on three years of probation when she gets out of prison.

The grand jury found that Owens allegedly created payroll checks for herself and deposited checks payable to her and to cash to reimburse unauthorized expenses.

Owens pleaded guilty in 2016.

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