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Rayna Holt

A city of Haileyville employee was charged in Latimer County after she allegedly cashed four forged checks from the city at a grocery store in Wilburton.

Rayna Leann Holt, 29, of Hartshorne, was charged Monday in Latimer County District Court on one felony count of uttering a forged instrument. Holt is the chief finance officer for the city of Haileyville.

Holt was arrested Tuesday by Hartshorne police and booked into the Pittsburg County Jail before being transported to the Latimer County Jail where a judge ordered her release Wednesday.

According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Wilburton Assistant Police Chief John Ford, the officer was dispatched Jan. 3 to the grocery store after the store received four possible bogus checks belonging to the city of Haileyville.

A store employee told Ford that Haileyville Mayor David Johnston and Haileyville Police Chief Brian Mathis came to the store and told employees that the checks were forged and a stop payment was placed on the checks, the affidavit states.

Ford wrote in his report he was told the four checks were cashed, totaling $2,262.60, within a two-day period. The affidavit also states Holt attempted to cash a fifth check before being denied and ran out of the store after employees declined to cash the check.

Surveillance video showed Holt cashing the checks on Dec. 27 and 28, 2019, according to Ford’s report.

Ford was told that three signatures were required on the city checks, with the signatures of Johnston and another city employee allegedly forged on the checks in question.

Johnston confirmed Wednesday that an investigation is underway into other possible financial inconsistencies and reserved any further comment of the matter until the investigation is complete.

Documents show Holt is scheduled for an initial court appearance in Wilburton on Thursday.

Contact Derrick James at djames@mcalesternews.com

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