A local drug court board member is facing charges for embezzlement.
The Ardmore Police Department began investigating an embezzlement that occurred at the 20th District Drug Court in Carter County on July 3, 2019, said Ardmore Police Department Captain Keith Ingle.
“They had some suspicions through some accounting services that saw some oddities, so we were asked to look into it and discovered that there was definitely some wrongdoing,” Ingle said.
Upon completion of the investigation, Ingle said the department found enough probable cause to file charges against 39-year-old Amber Dawn Chavez, of Ardmore.
The charges against Chavez were formally filed with the 20th Judicial District Court on Aug. 28, 2019. According to court documents filed by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Handke, Chavez is believed to have fraudulently appropriated more than $1,000 that belonged to
 the 20th District Drug Court.
Ingle said the approximate amount lost is $2,600. “This happened over the course of several months,” he said.
Court documents allege that Chavez used several bogus and forged checks written on the 20th District Drug Court’s account from March 2019 to May 2019.
Access to the drug court’s account had been entrusted to her through her capacity as a board member. Ingle said officers are unsure as to what Chavez may have been using the money for, however, it is suspected that it was allegedly for personal gain.
Embezzlement is punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for no more than two years or in the county jail for no longer than one year or by a fine not to exceed $5,000, or a fine and imprisonment and restitution. Chavez has been summoned to appear in court on Sep. 12, 2019.