OKC Woman Arrested In Tulsa, Facing Multiple Computer Fraud Charges

Wednesday, January 7th 2015, 5:56 pm
By: News 9

Computer fraud allegations land one Oklahoma woman in jail months after charges were first filed.

It took so long to find her because she was living in a different part of the state.

The woman's attorney makes her sound like your typical suburban mom. He says she wasn't fleeing police, just living normal everyday life in Tulsa while wanted on 10 felony counts in Oklahoma City.

"These are serious allegations," said Elliott Crawford, defense attorney in Oklahoma City.

The allegations Crawford's client faces center around a work computer and work checks.

As an office manager for J & B Heavy Haul in Oklahoma City, 42-year-old Amanda Vaughn allegedly created company checks without her employer's permission, deposited the checks into her bank account and then listed the charges in the company book as "permits."

Court documents show the first check was made in March 2012 and didn't stop until June 2013. Over the course of a year and three months, Vaughn is accused of issuing herself 35 checks in total, exceeding an amount of $59,000.

Ten counts of computer fraud were filed in September in Oklahoma County, and since then Vaughn has been working for a separate trucking company in Tulsa county, living what Crawford considers a normal life for nearly five months.

"That would have to be an appropriate question for law enforcement because my client has not attempted to flee in any means," said Crawford.

And that is why Crawford wants Vaughn's $60,000 bond reduced.

"She's innocent until proven guilty and so that presumption of innocence is a cloak the defendant wears and you cannot use bond to punish a defendant," said Crawford.

Two of Vaughn's former co-workers are also charged with computer fraud against the same company. In total the three are accused of stealing over $175,000. Each count Vaughn faces is punishable up to 10 years in prison.

News 9 did speak with J&B Heavy Haul and the owners did not wish to comment on the case at this time.