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July 10, 2012

Former HIC staffer accused of crimes

TAHLEQUAH — A former Help-In-Crisis employee is accused of embezzling a credit card that belonged to the agency and using it to make hundreds of dollars’ worth of purchases this year.

Lanica K. Foskuhl, 40, was employed at the local HIC office from March 2008 until February 2012, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

During her employment at HIC, Foskuhl allegedly told officials she’d lost a debit card  belonging to the agency. But prosecutors said Foskuhl actually had the debit card, and made numerous purchases at Walmarts in Tahlequah and Muskogee after she was fired earlier this year.

Help-In-Crisis officials turned over invoices to investigators in late May.

An authorized-buyer number that had reportedly been issued to Foskuhl during her employment at HIC was used to make the purchases, according to an affidavit.

Foskuhl is formally charged with obtaining $175.11 in merchandise during one use of the agency’s debit card on May 1 and $228.88 during another use the same day; $233.66 on May 10; and $186.72 during one use on May 11, and $181.63 during a second use that day.

Investigators with the District Attorneys Office obtained surveillance footage and still photos from both Walmarts to identify Foskuhl on those dates, and several others, according to an affidavit. Footage reportedly showed Foskuhl buying items, making a purchase at a jewelry counter, and buying gift cards that were later used to purchase gasoline.

Foskuhl faces five misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, each punishable by up to 30 days in prison and a fine of up to $500.

She is also accused of possession of an embezzled credit card, a felony, which is punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.

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