Former Choctaw Electric Co-op executive arraigned on embezzlement charge

CHOCTAW COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) -- A former executive accused of embezzling from the Choctaw Electric Cooperative was arraigned in court Tuesday.

47-year-old Marty Alan Lawless of Fort Towson pleaded not guilty to the one felony count.

Lawless stands accused of using co-op money, property and labor in excess of $25,000 for work on his own personal property between 2006 and 2010.

Former CEO Terry Matlock faced similar charges.

He took a plea deal earlier this year and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $54,000 in restitution.

Lawless is due back in court for sentencing on October 3rd.