(Stillwater) — A former manager of Cedar Lane Apartments in Cushing has pleaded guilty to embezzlement by charging merchandise for her personal use on company accounts at Escott’s, Wal-Mart and Cushing Lumber in the total sum of $1,448.
    Shelly Spharler, 34, of Cushing, whose employment was terminated last year by Housing Concepts, the company managing Cedar Lane Apartments, remains free on $5,000 bond pending her Sept. 11 sentencing before Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler.
    Spharler has a plea bargain to receive probation, a fine and an order to pay restitution, according to her written guilty plea filed in court records on July 10.
    The wrongdoing was reported by Housing Concepts representative Kim Harmon at the Cushing Police Department on Sept. 11, 2008, according to an affidavit by Cushing Police Officer Randy Evans.
     Embezzlement carries a maximum penalty of a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, in addition to restitution.

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