Judge dismisses embezzlement charges against ex-drug court coordinator for Oklahoma counties

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MCALESTER, Oklahoma — A judge has dismissed embezzlement charges against a former drug court coordinator for Pittsburg and McIntosh counties who was accused of stealing thousands of dollars and trying to cover it up by destroying records.

A felony conspiracy charge still stands against Angela Marcum, but she no longer faces any embezzlement charges in the original 2011 Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury indictment. However, Oklahoma Assistant Attorneys General Megan Tilly and Charles Rogers said they plan to appeal the judge's ruling.

Okmulgee County District Judge Kenneth Adair initially dismissed the embezzlement charges against Marcum in May, but he had to ensure a grand jury indictment could be amended. Adair upheld the ruling on Monday.

Marcum was accused of embezzling money paid by participants of the drug court program, the McAlester News-Capital (http://bit.ly/1Ksnd5Z ) reported.

Her defense attorneys questioned whether Marcum should be considered an employee of a state officer, and they also contended that the money paid into the program by drug court participant was not money appropriated by law," as alleged in the original 2011 indictment.

Marcum has maintained her innocence and has been free on bond since her arrest in 2011.

A hearing on the conspiracy charge against Marcum is scheduled in November.

Information from: McAlester News-Capital, http://www.mcalesternews.com

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