Conservation official charged with embezzlement

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Felony embezzlement charges have been filed against the director of Talihina's Conservation District alleging he used state property for services valued at $470.24.

Aaron Grey of Blanco is due in Pittsburg County District Court on July 24.

When contacted by phone Grey said he could not talk about the charges by telephone but offered to meet with a reporter next week.

He's accused of using a Department of Agriculture trailer to transport a rented bulldozer and of using a state bulldozer to grade a private road and his driveway.

The charges were filed following an investigation by the Department of Agriculture.

The conservation district is one of 88 in Oklahoma that administers programs and technical help to producers and landowners.

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