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Gore Treasurer Pleads to Charges (Apr 20, 2012)

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - The treasurer in Gore, Okla., has pleaded guilty to charges she embezzled nearly $60,000 but denied guilt and received a deferred sentence.

As part of the agreement, 37-year-old Tana Carter received a deferred five-year sentence on each of 17 counts. She wasn't ordered to repay the money but Gore officials say the town is bonded and will be reimbursed.

Carter entered the plea on April 12 and has until Sunday to resign. Carter is to be on supervised release for two years.

District Judge Jeff Payton in Sallisaw, Okla., accepted what's known as an Alford plea which allows a defendant to plead guilty while claiming innocence.

The Southwest Times Record reports Carter will have her record wiped clean if she completes the five years without reoffending.



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