Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Student employee guilty of embezzlement in Oklahoma


An Oklahoma State University student accused of taking OSU football tickets from the ticket office and selling them on Facebook pleaded guilty last Friday.
Former OSU ticket office employee Aquelle Bowen, 19, was charged with a felony count of embezzlement on Nov 9, according to the Oklahoma State Courts Network.
Bowen’s lawyer recommended a two year deferred sentence, 75 hours of community service and a $750 fine, according to the court documents.
On Sept. 30, Bowen sold two invalid tickets to two students for the Iowa State game for $50 each, according to the affidavit.
The student brought the unauthorized tickets to the university ticket office after the student couldn’t get into the game.
After an OSU police officer was told Bowen did not come to work during the Iowa State game, the officer contacted Bowen in her dorm room in Bost Hall. Bowen admitted to the officer that she stole two sets of season student tickets from the ticket office, according to the affidavit. Bowen received a third set of tickets from a friend.
Director of Communications Gary Shutt said that students need to be aware that the only way to officially purchase tickets is through the university ticket office.
In total, Bowen stole eight OSU football tickets and offered to sell them for a combined amount of $514.26, according to court documents.
Embezzlement of an amount over $500 is considered a felony, according to the document.
Bowen’s next court appearance is at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 10.

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