Tahlequah Daily Press

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August 1, 2012

Women charged with embezzlement

TAHLEQUAH — Misdemeanor embezzlement charges were filed this week against two former convenience store managers in response to allegations that date back to last year.

Sherida Bear, 47, and Cindy Johnson, 51, each face one count of misdemeanor embezzlement.

According to an affidavit filed this week in district court, Bear was the manager at E-Z Mart, 1002 S. Muskogee, and Johnson was an assistant manager. In September of 2011, a district manager for E-Z Mart contacted police after performing random cash audits and locating discrepancies in the accounting.

When questioned, Bear allegedly admitted she’d taken $120 cash to help pay for her daughter’s college bills; took cigarettes several times; and that she allowed her husband to charge $45 in fuel at least three times a week at the store over a period of time. Bear told police she planned on paying the money back the day she was interviewed, but that the audit occurred before she had the chance. Court documents show Bear is formally being charged with taking around $480 worth of merchandise or cash from the store.

Johnson allegedly admitted she’d charged $36 total in fuel over several days. She also told them a customer on one occasion asked for permission to charge on the promise he’d return later to pay.

The man stopped by the store while Johnson was not working. While talking to a clerk on the phone, Johnson allegedly told the clerk to allow the customer to take the items without paying for them.

The man charged $50.55 worth of beer, gas and cigarettes, though Johnson said she thought he was only getting a 12-pack of beer.

Misdemeanor embezzlement is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of not more than $1,000.

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