Joetta Tyler-Hyde, 54, a former Roland deputy clerk, was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months of home detention and three years of supervised release for the theft of federal program funds. She was also ordered to pay $100,505.66 in restitution. Judge James H. Payne delivered the sentence Thursday in U.S. District Court in Muskogee.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The information alleged that from July 2009 to about January 2013, Tyler-Hyde embezzled property worth at least $5,000. At the time of the investigation the state auditor reported the audit revealed Hyde was overpaid by $129,441. Tyler-Hyde resigned from the Roland post in January 2013. She entered a guilty plea to the Federal court charges in March.
Tyler-Hyde was ordered to report to the Bureau of Prisons on Sept. 15 when she will begin serving her nonparolable sentence.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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