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Sallisaw woman charged with embezzling

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - A Sallisaw woman was charged Sept. 12 with embezzlement, according to court records.

Andrea Brown, 31, could face up to two years in the state penitentiary, a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

On Aug. 31 at 6 p.m., a Sallisaw police officer responded to Vapor Maven in Sallisaw after receiving a report of two employees stealing from the store. When he arrived, the officer spoke to Donny Scott, who said he had been sent to sort out the issues they were having with money totals being off. Scott said Brown and another female were recently employed at the business and were suspected of stealing money from the register and the change safe.

The first recorded shortage occurred on Aug. 22 when the register was $334 short. On Aug. 26, the register was short again, this time by $380.

After the shortages were reported to corporate and the two employees believed to be responsible were terminated, Scott was sent by corporate to provide assistance. Upon his arrival, it was discovered that the change safe was also short $320. The change safe had been counted on Aug. 30 by a delivery driver and totaled $500. When counted again on Aug. 31 by Scott the safe only contained $180. The two suspected of the theft are believed to be in a relationship and share the same Sallisaw address, according to employee records.

The total of the stolen funds was $1,034.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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