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September 19, 2013

Perkins city official facing charges of embezzlement

PERKINS, Okla. — The city of Perkins’ Public Works Director faces misdemeanor charges of embezzlement in Payne County District Court. He is accused of taking items from the city and selling them to a Stillwater scrap-metal dealer.

Charges against Elvin Junior Howard, 48, of Ripley were filed Monday. He is accused of selling city property totaling $456.59 to the scrap-metal dealer on at least seven occasions.

Perkins Police Department officers investigated the sale of city property to American Scrap, 7101 S. Perkins Road, Stillwater.

According to an affidavit, American Scrap clerk Kim Lightfoot told police a man driving a city of Perkins vehicle sold “heavy cast iron” to the scrap-metal dealer, according to an affidavit. The clerk later identified Howard as the seller.

Lightfoot told police Howard asked her to make the check out to him instead of the city of Perkins.

Lightfoot told police she remembered the incident well because she asked if he was sure he wanted the check made out to him.

During their investigation, police found the three fire hydrants at the scrap-metal dealer, A receipt revealed Howard sold the hydrants to the scrap-metal dealer in July. More tickets with Howard’s signature and driver’s license were uncovered, indicating he had sold city property to American Scrap on at least seven occasions.

The affidavit states Howard admitted to having the checks made out to him instead of the city.

He also told police he drove a city vehicle to the scrap dealer and used the money he received to buy lunch for himself and others. He kept what he didn’t spend on lunch, according to the affidavit.

Howard also stated in the affidavit that the items he took to the scrap dealer were all junk and he did not think he was doing anything wrong.

If convicted, he could face up to a year in prison or jail and/or receive a fine up to $1,000.

Howard has received a letter to appear in court on Tuesday, October 8 at 1:45 p.m.

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