Saturday, September 19, 2009

Michael Alexander Arrested for Grand Larceny

It's a case involving more than $4,000 missing from the Leflore County Sheriff's Department's evidence room that led to the arrest of office manager Michael Alexander.

LeFlore County Sheriff Bruce Curnutt said Alexander has worked under three previous sheriff's and has no previous disciplinary write-ups.

According to an arrest, affidavit the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation said Curnutt contacted their agency Tuesday to assist with the investigation.

In the affidavit, LeFlore County's Undersheriff Donnie Edwards reported going into the evidence room to obtain a gun in early September. He said during that visit he noticed a piece of paper lying on the floor that should have been in a safe.

When Edwards opened the safe, he told investigators that he noticed that a large manila envelope containing over $4,000 was missing.

Edwards said he and Alexander went into the evidence room and opened the safe in late July and that he had planned to do an inventory at a later date.

In the affidavit, Edwards said he "... believed that he was the only one with access to the evidence room."

According to the affidavit, on Sept. 15 a district attorney investigator and Edwards reviewed surveillance video that showed Alexander entering the evidence room on Aug. 24.

Investigators said when they questioned Alexander, he admitted to stealing the money-filled envelope.

In the affidavit, investigators said Alexander told them he "...was facing some hard financial times and was declaring bankruptcy." Alexander reported that he had a gambling issue and that he used the money to pay some bills and buy groceries.

Alexander was fired from his job and is currently sitting in the Sequoyah County Detention Center to avoid a conflict of interest.

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