Former Canadian County CASA Executive Director Sentenced In Embe - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

Former Canadian County CASA Executive Director Sentenced In Embezzlement Case

Posted: Updated:
Traci Owens Traci Owens
CANADIAN COUNTY, Oklahoma -

The former executive director of a Canadian County charity for abused and neglected children has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison in the embezzlement of more than $55,000.

Traci Lorre Owens, 48, of Edmond was sentenced Friday to 10 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release in the embezzlement of $55,143.93 from the Canadian County Court Appointed Special advocates program.

According to authorities, Owens was the interim executive director and then the executive director of CASA from November 2010 until July 2013. A federal grand jury indicted Owens on July 22, 2015 for embezzling money from Casa which received more than $10,000 in federal assistance annually from the United State Department of Justice. 

Owens created duplicate payroll checks for herself and also deposited checks payable to herself and to cash for reimbursement of unauthorized expenses, according to the indictment.  On August 2, 2016 Owens pled guilty to a superseding information that charged the same embezzlement offense, per court documents.  

In addition to 10 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release, Owens was also ordered to pay restitution to the Canadian County CASA in the amount of $55,143.93.

In mid-2014, Canadian County CASA was reconstituted as a certified CASA under the leadership of a new board of directors after losing its certification in December 2013 as a result of the embezzlement.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News 9 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Traffic

    Tired of waiting for a traffic report? Get it now with our Live traffic map!

Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.