Enid Police Department (EPD)

Enid Police Department

ENID, Okla. — A 31-year-old Enid woman was charged this week in Garfield County District Court with a felony count of embezzlement.

Andrea Snow faces up to two years in prison or up to a year in county jail, and a fine of up to $5,000 and restitution. Online court records show a warrant was issued for Snow's arrest, and bond on the warrant was set at $2,500.

On March 31, Enid Police Department Officer Matthew Hainley responded to Tag Agency of Enid, 112 N. Oakwood, in reference to an embezzlement.

Hainley spoke with the owner, who said Snow had been stealing money from the business, according to the affidavit. He said $623 was missing on March 28. Snow would take money from customers tagging a newly purchased vehicle and go through the process normally. Once the customer left, Snow would void the transaction and alter the paperwork, taking thousands of dollars off the taxable price. The owner said Snow would then pocket the difference in cash.

The owner showed Hainley a transaction of that exact scenario that was recorded, according to the affidavit. A customer purchased a truck for $62,921 and paid a fee of $2,953.51. The bill of sale had been altered with correction fluid and altered to show $52,921 with a fee of $2,503.51, a difference of $450.

The owner said after completing transactions, Snow shredded the original paperwork, calculated the difference and took the money out of the register, according to the affidavit. The owner showed Hainley video. In the video, Snow reprinted paperwork after her transaction with the customer, which the owner said is not supposed to happen.

Snow then appeared to alter the paperwork with correction fluid and a pen after the transaction, according to the affidavit. Snow removed $100 bills and checks from the register and put them into a drawer in the back of the business, which is common practice. Snow returned to the drawer and removed some of the cash, folding it and concealing it in her hand. Snow then appeared to pocket the money when no one else was around.

Later that day, Snow took more money out of the register and placed it under a piece of paper, according to the affidavit. After a few minutes, she folded the paper and money multiple times and put the folded paper into her purse.

Detective Robin Bench received the case and spoke with the owner. He said Oklahoma Tax Commission was going to conduct an audit from the time Snow worked at the business up to March 31, when she was terminated, according to the affidavit. On June 6, Bench received the audit from OTC. The auditor found missing funds in the amount of $1,732.36.

Bench interviewed Snow at the department June 24.

Snow admitted she altered the dollar amounts on about four or five documents while she worked at Tag Agency of Enid, according to the affidavit. She said each transaction was in the $30 to $40 range where she had taken the money.

Bench showed Snow the audit and the dollar amounts, according to the affidavit. Snow denied taking any larger amounts.

Bench noted in the affidavit Hainley saw Snow in video taking several $100 bills out of the register and placing them into her pocket and purse.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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