May 18, 2014

Stage employee charged with embezzlement

May 18, 2014 Staff Writer Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — A convicted felon is charged with embezzlement from Stage.

Jessica Harkey, Pryor, is charged with a misdemeanor count of embezzlement from her employer, Stage.

Stage's District Asset Protection Manager, Brian Smith, met with Pryor Police Officer Nate Reed, showing him six fraudulent refunds.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Smith interviewed Harkey about the transactions, in the middle of which, Harkey left saying she did not want to go to jail.

Later, in an interview with Reed, Harkey allegedly confessed to returning some items because of personal money problems. She allegedly admitted to receiving refunds on some items that were not returned, totaling $86.75. The items included jeans, shirts, a cubic zirconia ring, earrings, and toddler items. The most expensive of the seven items being  a pair of jeans ringing up at $27.53.

The affidavit states Harkey advised a co-worker of what she had done while receiving a ride home from work and that she knew what she was doing was wrong. At that point in the interview Harkey stated she was willing to compensate Stage for the items that were not returned, that she received refunded money for.

The misdemeanor is currently shown as an outstanding warrant with a $1,000 bond.

The misdemeanor charge violates the terms of Harkey's probation in a prior felony case.

In 2010 Harkey was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections. In 1998 Harkey was charged with a felony in Tulsa County. At that time she was charged with possession of a stolen debit/credit card, public drunk, driving without a license and gross disturbance of the peace.

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