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Date: 01-05-2018

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United States of America v. Melissa Day Morton

Western District of Oklahoma Federal Courthouse - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Case Number: 5:17-cr-00094-M


Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (Oklahoma County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Chris M. Stephens

Defendant's Attorney: Pete Scimeca

Description: Oklahoma City, OK - Former accountant sentenced for using Oklahoma Beef Council as her 'personal cash cow'

Edmond woman stole $2.68 million from ranching organization

A former accountant for the Oklahoma Beef Council was sentenced Thursday to 57 months in federal prison for using the nonprofit as her “personal cash cow.”

Melissa Day Morton, 46, of Edmond, embezzled $2.68 million by forging organization checks between 2009 and 2016, according to Oklahoma City federal prosecutors. She also was ordered Thursday to complete restitution.

Morton claimed the stolen funds were used to finance a children’s clothing boutique in Edmond, as well as help out family members.

During the sentencing, representatives of the Oklahoma Beef Council told the judge how Morton was a longtime trusted employee who they never thought could do such a thing.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 57 months' in prison and ordered to pay restitution.

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