ENID, Okla. — A 30-year-old Enid woman was arraigned Tuesday, July 16, 2019, on a charge of embezzlement.
Chirsty Lillian Carson, also known as Chirsty L. Manor, appeared with attorney Tim Gungoll before Special District Judge Brian Lovell for arraignment on the felony charge. Carson was released on a recognizance bond with a $5,000 penal sum and ordered to return to court Aug. 19 for a bond appearance.
Carson is accused of taking more than $15,000 belonging to Alpha Assessments and Counseling and Alpha Health and Wellness over a two-year period. She faces up to eight years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000 and restitution.
On Jan. 25, Shaye Reilly, owner and operator of Alpha Assessments and Counseling, reported an embezzlement to her business to Enid Police Department, according to an affidavit filed in the case by EPD Detective James Buck. Reilly said she believed her secretary, Carson, had been taking money from the business for an unknown amount of time. Reilly said part of Carson's duties included handling cash payments.
Reilly said she first found out there may be a problem when a client told her a debit card payment to the office was showing up on banking records as being made to Carson, according to the affidavit. The client provided Reilly with a screenshot of the phone showing banking transactions in the amounts of $360 and $120 going to Carson.
Reilly said Carson was asked about it, and Carson said the client made the payment and it would be deposited in one to two business days, according to the affidavit. Reilly was later notified her email was used to log into Square from a new browser and/or device. The new login was at 6:06 p.m. Jan. 23.
Reilly found the payment the client had questioned showing up in the Alpha Assessment Square account, according to the affidavit. Reilly believed this was Carson transferring the money into the business' account.
The business' Square account was opened Dec. 14, 2015, and the account showed consistent payments until Dec. 18, 2017, according to the affidavit. After that date, the account showed no payments until Carson was asked about the payments questioned by the client. There were no payments for the entire year of 2018, despite numerous clients who use that method of payment.
On Jan. 31, a search warrant was served for Carson's residence, 2902 E. Randolph, according to the affidavit. Carson was present for the service of the warrant, and Buck spoke briefly with her and asked what electronic devices she used to make Square transactions.
Carson said the only device she ever used was a tablet at Alpha Assessment's offices, according to the affidavit. Carson declined to speak with the detective any further without an attorney present.
During the search of the residence, Buck seized several documents, and other items, because the documents contained Square and or banking information, according to the affidavit. One of the documents had a smaller piece of paper taped over some dates with a different date typed over it, Buck noted it appeared to be an attempt to make an altered document.
The document is labeled "Square Dashboard" at the top and the date is altered to show "Jan. 2018." There are also pieces of paper taped over dates on the document, according to the affidavit. There was a copy of that document that did not have any dates altered. The actual document showed Carson collected $1,052.83 over a 10-day period. Buck later found a copy of the altered document in a collection of papers given to him by Reilly during the initial discussions about the investigation.
Buck learned Carson submitted the altered document to Reilly after Reilly emailed Carson a request Jan. 29 for a print out of the every deposit Carson made in the Square account labeled "Chirsty Carson" from the starting date until Jan. 28, according to the affidavit. "It would appear Chirsty was trying to deceive Shaye into believing there were only five transactions in total," Buck wrote.
An examination of a phone seized during the warrant service and search following the execution of a second search warrant, Buck found a series of text messages between Carson and another member of Alpha Assessment where Carson admits wrongdoing, according to the affidavit. During the Jan. 25 conversation, the member accuses Carson of "stealing from us for years" as she asked Carson for the Square login for the Chirsty Carson account.
Carson at one point responds, "I made some mistakes and I will always be sorry for that," according to the affidavit. Carson later wrote, "I made a mistake. I will regret for the rest of my life." She also wrote, "I will do whatever I can to pay back the rest of what I owe. I am sorry for this mess. Buck notes during the conversation it appears Carson is claiming the money was accidentally put into the wrong account.
Buck examined the LG tablet used for the Square transactions given to him by Reilly for the investigation, according to the affidavit. The tablet only contained information going back to Jan. 1, 2018, and contained a document labeled "sales report." The report shows net sales from Jan. 1, 2018, to Feb. 5, 2019, were $20,586.29.
Banking documents seized from Carson's house and search warrants served on Carson's bank records show on Oct. 13, 2017, Carson's account began receiving deposits from "SQ *ID," according to the affidavit. The deposits continued to be made into Carson's account until Jan. 23, 2019. There were a total of $13,847.23 in deposits from "SQ * ID."
There was also a transfer dated Jan. 24, 2019, to "SQ * Alpha Assessment & CO Enid OK" in the amount of $360, according to the affidavit. This confirms Reilly's belief Carson transferred the client's payment to the Alpha Assessment Square account after she confronted Carson.
Examining the Square account records for Alpha Assessment, Buck found in 2017 there were 33 deposits into the account, according to the affidavit. The next deposit from Square into the Alpha Assessment account is dated Jan. 24, 2019, for $360. In 2017, there were 11 deposits from Square to Carson's bank account, 44 deposits in 2018 and eight payments in January 2019.