McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 6, 2014

Marcum to face additional charge

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — Another multi-count felony charge has been filed against Angela Marcum, the former District 18 Drug Court coordinator for Pittsburg and McIntosh counties.

Senior Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General Charles Rogers filed the charges last month in Pittsburg County District Court.

In the latest charge, Marcum is charged with six counts of stealing and/or destroying or secreting a public book or record. The charge alleges the offenses occurred between November 2009 and May 12, 2010.

The charge alleges that as the drug court coordinator, Marcum had been entrusted with the possession and custody of all the official receipt books used to record payments made by drug court participants. Those who successfully completed the program, including paying the required fees, were able to avoid additional jail or prison time on charged drug offenses.

Each of the receipt books contained a written account of money received from drug court participants, according to the charge. Each receipt book contained 50 written receipts for money either directly received by Marcum “or received by subordinates under the direction and control” of Marcum, the charge alleges.

The charge also alleges that the subordinates turned the money they received over to Marcum.

In the charge information, the state describes the receipt books in question as:

• One receipt book containing copies of sequentially numbered receipts numbered 2951 to 3000 inclusive;

• A receipt book with copies of sequentially numbered official receipts numbered 3401 to 3450 inclusive;

• One receipt book with copies of sequentially numbered receipts from 3451 to 3500 inclusive;

• A receipt book with copies of sequentially numbered official receipts from 3501 to 3550 inclusive;

• One receipt book containing copies of sequentially numbered official receipts numbered 3601 to 3650 inclusive;

• A receipt book containing copies of sequentially numbered official receipts numbered 3651 to 3700 inclusive.

Filing of the charges followed the dismissal in November of five felony counts against Marcum. District 24 Judge Ken Adair of Okmulgee County, assigned to preside over the case, had ruled that Marcum should not face six separate counts filed in the original Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury indictment, accusing her of “stealing and/or destroying or secreting a public book or record” in relation to receipt books allegedly missing from the District 18 Drug Court while Marcum served as coordinator.

In his ruling, the judge agreed with legal arguments by Marcum’s defense attorney, Shannon McMurray, that the six separate counts constituted a form of double jeopardy, or prosecuting someone more than once for the same alleged offense.

Marcum has also been charged with one count of embezzlement of public money and a count of embezzlement of  public property in relation to the 2011 indictment. She pleaded innocent to the allegations in the indictment.

The 2011 Oklahoma Multicounty grand jury indictment had been issued in 2011 following a probe by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office.

Marcum is accused in the original indictment of embezzling thousands of dollars in fees paid by the drug court participants.

She also faces a conspiracy charge on a separate Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury indictment, as well as charges in another indictment related to her time as the District 18 drug court coordinator.

None of the cases have gone to trial.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.