OKLAHOMA CITY — Federal charges have been filed against the former accountant for the Oklahoma Beef Council who is accused of stealing more than $2.6 million from nonprofit group over a seven-year period.

The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/2r30jN8 ) that 45-year-old Melissa Day Morton of Edmond was charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City. She is charged with one count of bank fraud and two counts of filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors allege Morton wrote about 790 fraudulent checks to herself from the Oklahoma Beef Council’s bank account between 2009 and 2016. Morton allegedly used the money to fund a children’s clothing boutique she opened with her family in 2011.

Morton’s attorney, Peter Scimeca, says his client is remorseful and is in the process of selling all her assets to repay the money.


Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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