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Goodwill Employee Accused of Embezzling Deposits


Police say the former assistant manager of a Goodwill store located in The Village has admitted to taking more than $3,000 in deposits from the non-profit agency and gambling it away.

Investigators say Kimberly Ann Teal, 41, of Oklahoma City, took three deposits in July totaling $3,300. Instead of taking them to the bank as intended, they say, she took them to the Newcastle Casino and "gambled all the money away."

On Thursday, the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office charged Teal with one count of felony embezzlement. As of this writing, Teal has not been arrested.

Embezzlement is a white collar crime pertaining to the misappropriation of property or funds to which one has been entrusted. In Oklahoma, embezzlement may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the property or money involved.

According to 21 O.S. § 1451, embezzlement is "the fraudulent appropriation of property of any person or legal entity, legally obtained, to any use or purpose not intended or authorized by its owner, or the secretion of the property with the fraudulent intent to appropriate it to such use or purpose."

Frequently, embezzlement involves siphoning money from a company or organization, whether that means taking a few bucks out of the cash drawer, depositing company checks into a personal account, forging signatures on company checks, or using the business credit card for personal purchases.

However, embezzlement also refers to the misappropriation of property: stealing office supplies, using business equipment for personal use, taking the company car for personal transportation, and so forth.

Oklahoma prosecutes embezzlement as a misdemeanor if the value of the property is less than $1,000. However, if the value of the property or dollar amount of funds taken is $1,000 or more, the act is a felony. The penalties for felony embezzlement increase with the value of the embezzled property:

  • $1,000 to less than $25,000 - up to 5 years in prison; a maximum fine of $5,000; and restitution
  • $25,000 or more - up to 10 years in prison; a maximum fine of $10,000; and restitution 

If the embezzlement involves a bank, a federal agency, or any organization receiving federal funds, the act is prosecuted by the United States government as a federal offense.

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