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Former Kerns Ready-Mixed Concrete Office Manager Admits Embezzlement


Company Seeks $279,341 Restitution




StillwaterNews.Net
02/08/2012


(Stillwater, Okla.) -- A 69-year-old Stillwater woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling $77,612 from Kerns Ready-Mixed Concrete while she was employed as the company's bookkeeper, payroll clerk and office manager.

Alva Rhea "Kitty" Davis remains free on $7,500 bail pending her sentencing on April 6 before Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, who ordered a background report for the court last week.

Although she was charged with appropriating $77,612 between Jan. 11, 2006, to Aug. 29, 2008, Kerns Ready-Mixed Concrete Inc. filed a restitution form for $279,341 for embezzlement between Jan. 8, 2001, and May 5, 2009, court records show.

According to Davis's plea agreement filed in court records last week, she is due to pay "$40,000 restitution in the next 2-3 weeks -- balance to be paid out (monthly payments.)"

"I am truly ashamed of my involvement in this crime," Davis wrote in her guilty plea.

She was accused of having routinely taken account payable checks made from Kerns Ready-Mixed Concrete, Inc., placed her name as payee on the checks, and deposited funds from those checks into her personal accounts.

Stillwater Police Detective Richard Leport wrote in an affidavit that on Dec. 23, 2010, he met with Jeff Kerns and Bobby Flowers.

Davis -- who was previously employed by Kerns Construction -- worked for Kerns Ready-Mixed Concrete as the bookkeeper, payroll clerk and office manager, the affidavit said.

"In November of 2010, Jeff Kerns was reviewing documents from a sales tax audit for the state of Oklahoma. Jeff Kerns realized that A.R. 'Kitty' Davis was listed as a vendor.

"Jeff Kerns advised A.R. 'Kitty' Davis was not a vendor for Kerns Ready-Mixed Concrete," and conducted a review of the company's financial records, the affidavit said.

On Jan. 25, 2011, Jeff Kerns provided an audit report which found 38 acts of embezzlement regarding checks written to A.R. 'Kitty' Davis between Jan. 11, 2006, and Aug. 29, 2008," totaling $77,612, the affidavit said.

For example, on Jan. 11, 2006, a check was written for $2,964 and entered into the Kerns Ready-Mixed Concrete accounts payable system as paid to Kerns Construction, the affidavit said.

"A review of BancFirst records found the check was actually made payable to A.R. Davis," the affidavit said.

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