Slick Town Clerk Charged With Embezzling Thousands

Thursday, May 12th 2016, 1:07 pm
By: News On 6

The clerk for the town of Slick has been charged with embezzling more than $17,000.

Barbara Jeane Montgomery, 67, is accused of stealing money from cash customers and failing to report past due accounts, including her own and those of family members, documents say.

A town board members told investigators Montgomery took money from 11 cash accounts and failed to report three utility accounts as delinquent.

One of the 11 cash accounts missing deposits added up to $4,465.21, according to the affidavit. In addition, Montgomery's own utility account was overdue  $2012.55, and two others, belonging to her daughter and another to her son-in-law, were delinquent $3612.95, an affidavit says. Officials say none of those past due amounts were reported by Montgomery.

According to the Bristow News, Slick mayor Tom Gaskins said Montgomery was removed from the board “by emergency meeting as soon as she admitted to taking cash.”

The Bristow News says after she was confronted with the allegations, councilor Randy Wood said Montgomery “was pretty emotionless, she showed no emotion. It was very disappointing for Tom, Matt and I to see this behavior. She was friend of ours."

Montgomery was jailed in Creek County on a $15,000 bond. She is due to be arraigned on Friday.

“In Slick, it’s basically me, Matt and Tom reading meters, running meetings and running the town,” councilor Randy Wood told the Bristow News. “We aren’t going show mercy to those not paying their bills. We will help anyone who needs help, but by God, we aren’t tolerating utility theft.”