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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • $448,000 in embezzlements alleged

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  • Two local women have been charged is separate cases with bilking their employers out of thousands of dollars.
    District Attorney Craig Ladd filed charges in Carter County District Court Friday against Betty Leanne Martin and Samantha Landeros.
    Martin is accused of “fraudulently appropriating” $392,000 from Petitt Machinery while working for the firm as clerk. The charge alleges the 43-year-old Ardmore woman managed to skim the funds from the company between September 2008 and March 2014.
    Ardmore Police Department conducted an investigation into the embezzlement scheme. Capt. Kevin Norris, APD Criminal Investigations Division, led the inquiry, which resulted in the charge. If convicted, Martin could face up to 10 years in a state prison, a fine of $10,000 and an order to pay restitution.
    The APD also investigated the case that resulted in four counts of second-degree forgery and one count of embezzlement against Landeros. The 23-year-old Ardmore resident is accused of forging Southern Oklahoma Board of Realtors’ checks, totaling more than $2,235 in January and February. She used the checks to make purchases at a local clothing store. Landeros, who served as associate executive officer of SOBR, also is alleged to have embezzled more than $55,000 from the business. The charge explains the purloined funds were obtained by “making numerous unauthorized transactions resulting in funds being misappropriated” between July 2013 and February 2014.
    If convicted, Landeros could face up to seven years in prison on each of the forgery counts and up to 10 years in a state penitentiary, a $10,000 fine and an order to make restitution on the embezzlement charge.
    Both women are expected to make initial arraignment appearances in district court early this week.
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