Beckham County family charged with embezzlement
BY RANDY ELLIS NewsOK.com
Friday, August 17, 2012
SAYRE — Three family members have been charged with embezzlement after being accused of stealing more than $25,000 from a rural Beckham County water district and embarking on a multiyear spending spree.
Items allegedly purchased with embezzled funds ranged from tires and a front-loading clothes washer to iPods and a flat screen television, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent who investigated the case.
Ronnie Earl West, 65, his wife, Billie Jean West, 60, and their daughter, Sheila Dee Elizondo, 36, each were charged Tuesday in Beckham County District Court with embezzling funds from Beckham County Rural Water District No. 2, in Erick.
Ronnie West served as manager of the water district for about 20 years, his wife worked as office manager for about 10 years and their daughter worked on and off as office manager for the past several years, OSBI agent Shawn Wright said in a sworn statement. They are no longer employed by the water district, which serves about 200 customers in Erick in far western Oklahoma.
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