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September 15, 2013

Paper trail leads to charges

NORMAN — A former, longtime executive director of the Norman Board of Realtors and the local Association of Multi-List Services was charged with embezzlement Thursday after organization officers reported audits found about $147,000 in missing funds.

Shirley Jean Holland, 66, of Norman, faces one count of embezzlement in Cleveland County District Court. The charge alleges she embezzled the money between 2008 and 2012 from the two entities while she was employed there and with the organization’s sister companies, Southeastern Oklahoma Association of Realtors, Western Association of Realtors and the Altus Board of Realtors.

An affidavit filed with the charges Thursday said a law firm representing the Norman Board of Realtors and the Multi-List service hired an accountant to perform a forensic audit and found approximately $147,000 in unauthorized charges and misappropriated funds.

The affidavit alleges Holland used the organization’s credit cards to purchase unauthorized personal items and would reimburse herself for trip expenses while also charging the expenses on association cards.

An arrest warrant, with a bond amount of $10,000, was signed by Special Judge Steve Stice. She had not been booked as of Saturday afternoon, according to Sheriff Joe Lester.

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