Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Former Oklahoma Mayor To Face Trial For Embezzling Nearly $230K
Jewell Marie Horne, 77, the former Mayor of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, must face trial for allegedly embezzling $229,460 from the municipality. She has been charged with 15 counts of embezzlement by a public official. Prosecutors allege that Horne received excess unauthorized salary and compensation beginning in 1995 until 2006. Eight former and current Webbers Falls town trustees have also been ordered to face trial on similar embezzlement counts. These include (with misappropriation amounts in parenthesis) current trustees, Henry "Sonny" Tipken, ($14,319), and Loren Dwyer, ($3,730); and former Trustees Johnny Pollard, ($97,931), Stanley Cowan, ($42,950), Larry Chappell, ($35,546), Richard Cude, ($35,076), Matt Myers, ($31,847), and Dennis Berton, ($3,300).