The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 6, 2013

Woman pleads no contest to bank robbery

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A woman charged with robbing the Enid branch of First State Bank of Pond Creek last year has pleaded no contest to those charges and others in a separate case.

Barbara Kay Schneider-Orf, 49, of Enid, entered the plea Monday on the robbery case and another case in which she was accused of taking money from elderly residents of a nursing home who were in her care.

She was charged May 30, 2012, with counts of first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempting to elude an officer and resisting arrest. Schneider-Orf was charged Feb. 13, 2012, with nine counts of financial exploitation by caretaker. All but two of those counts were dropped.

The plea was part of the deal that got all but four charges against her dropped with costs, but does not include an agreement on sentencing. Schneider-Orf was ordered to pay restitution in the earliest case of financial exploitation.

She faces 10 years to life in prison on the robbery charge, two to 10 years on the firearm charge and up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000 on the remaining two exploitation counts.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered, and Schneider-Orf was set for sentencing May 14 before Associate District Judge Tom Newby.

According to an affidavit filed in the robbery case, police were contacted at 12:27 p.m. May 25, 2012, about a robbery of First Bank of Pond Creek, 2112 W. Willow. The suspect was described as a white female who was seen driving westbound from the bank in a silver Honda.

Police spoke with a teller at the bank who said a woman walked up to the counter and demanded $5,000. The teller told police the robber told her to hurry up three or four times, and laid her hand on the counter holding what appeared to be a black semi-automatic pistol.

The teller said she gave the robber the money in $100 bills and placed it on the counter. The robber took the money and left the bank, telling employees to get down and to not push any buttons.

At about 12:35 p.m., Lt. Mark Blodgett located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle in the area of Coolidge and Chestnut. Blodgett attempted to initiate a traffic stop and the vehicle attempted to flee, according to the affidavit.

Blodgett activated his vehicle’s lights and siren as the suspect vehicle traveled south on Coolidge to Randolph, then circled through the neighborhood. The vehicle made several turns before pulling into the garage at 218 S. Coolidge.

Officers placed Schneider-Orf under arrest for attempting to elude and resisting arrest, according to the affidavit.

Officers served a search warrant at 218 S. Coolidge for the residence and a silver 2007 Honda, which was parked in the home’s garage. Officers searched the vehicle and seized two pairs of sunglasses, a robbery note demanding money, Latex gloves, a Jennings J22 .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a camouflage mask, black men’s dress shirt, cigarette case, miscellaneous coins and a G.E. voice recorder, according to the affidavit.

Police also seized an H&R 922 revolver, two pairs of rain boots from the garage, and mail from the residence bearing the name Barbara Orf, according to the affidavit.

Schneider-Orf and Patricia Inez Horton also were charged last year with taking $21,547 from residents of The Living Center between July 2003 and July 2011, by writing checks from the residents’ trust account, then cashing the checks and splitting the money. Horton also was accused of taking $1,500 from another resident.

According to an affidavit filed in that case, Schneider-Orf was serving as an administrator at the time and Horton was a certified medication aide, according to an affidavit by Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office Investigator David Williams.

Residents would ask the facility to handle their finances and deposit their money into a bank account, with each resident having his or her own ledger.

Schneider-Orf wrote seven checks from the account payable to Horton, who would cash the checks and split the money with Schneider-Orf, according to the affidavit.

Schneider-Orf also admitted to taking four checks from a former resident’s family, each for $829 for her own use, and never posted it against the resident’s account, according to the affidavit.

A 60-year-old male resident said Horton told him on four occasions he had too much money in his account and needed to give some of it to her for safekeeping, according to the affidavit. The man said Horton told him if he had too much money in his account, he would lose his Medicaid benefits.

Online court records show Horton pleaded no contest in October 2012 to 14 counts of financial exploitation by caretaker, and received a 10-year suspended sentence on each count and was ordered to pay full restitution.