Former Durant police officer facing embezzlement charges
DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Former Durant police Lt. Billy Joe Jones faces two counts of felony embezzlement from his time as a narcotics officer.
Jones served as president, secretary and treasurer for the Fraternal Order of Police. Investigators said that after Jones retired, FOP members discovered "financial discrepancies" of more than $37,000 had occurred "via personal ATM withdrawals" during his tenure.
That prompted Durant police to review Jones' time as a narcotics officer, and similar discrepancies were found.
It is alleged that Jones took more than $67,000 from money that had been seized during drug arrests between March 2018 and September 2021.
The maximum prison sentence in Oklahoma for felony embezzlement is eight years, with up to a $10,000 fine.
A preliminary hearing in Jones' case is set for May 15.