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Former detention center employee charged
9/27/2013 5:19:15 PM
Last Updated:
4/27/2016 3:58:21 PM


by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a former Kay County Detention Center administrative assistant accused of embezzling more than $360,000 over a five year period from a jail commissary account.

Melissa Ann Sprueill, 42, of Morrison, was charged in Kay County District Court.  As of Tuesday afternoon, she has not turned herself in to jail officials.  Bond has been set at $50,000.

According to an affadavit filed Monday, the OSBI has been investigating Sprueill since January when she admitted to Kay County Detention Center Director Don Jones she had embezzled an unknown amount of money from a jail commissary account.

Jones then contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation who has since been investigating the case.

Sprueill was in charge of a commissary cash account for jail inmates.  She is accused of taking cash that was supposed to be deposited into inmate’s accounts.  The jail commissary account is operated by a company called ‘Tiger Commissary.’ 

According to a special audit from the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s Office into the Kay County Detention Center, there was $369,721.21 missing from the account based on what was currently in the cash account and what ‘Tiger Commissary’ said should be in the commissary account. 

Sprueill resigned Jan. 7 after confessing the embezzlement to Jones on Jan. 6.  Jones suggested that Sprueill resign.  She told then same story to OSBI officials according to the affidavit.

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