Former Beef Council employee sentenced for embezzling
Beverly Bryant - January 5, 2018 1:05 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A former accountant for the Oklahoma Beef Council has been sentenced for embezzling nearly $2.7 million from the nonprofit.
The Journal Record reports that 46-year-old Melissa Day Morton was ordered to pay $3 million in restitution on Thursday. The beef council will receive $2.3 million, while the rest will go to the IRS and an insurance company.
Records show that Morton has already paid nearly $238,000 in restitution.
Morton was charged with bank fraud and making a false federal income tax return in May. Prosecutors say she forged organization checks from 2009 to 2016.
Morton says the money was used to fund a children’s clothing boutique in Edmond and to help her family members.
The nonprofit supports Oklahoma cattle ranchers. Morton worked for the organization from 1995 until July 2016.