Thursday, December 11, 2008
Former Oklahoma County Court Bookkeeper Waives Preliminary Hearing In Embezzlement Case
Jackie L. Borovetz, 57, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, the former deputy clerk and bookkeeper for the Muskogee County District Court Clerk’s Office, waived her preliminary hearing today on criminal charges she embezzled nearly $600,000 from the office. Borovetz allegedly funneled the funds to her personal bank account between November 2007 and September 2008 to support a gambling addiction, according to reports. Prosecutors allege that $590,000 was taken. She was placed on suicide watch after she was arrested in October.
Significant changes in people's lives, such as divorce, bankruptcy, substance abuse, employment termination, and gambling addiction, can cause otherwise good people to step over the line, either in desperation, stupidity or revenge. In this case, the accounts are that Borovetz was a good person who had a serious gambling problem. It probably wasn't a good idea to steal from the local county court clerk's office, however...