By: Patti Weaver

STILLWATER — A former teller for the Simmons Bank at 308 S. Main in downtown Stillwater has been ordered to appear in court on Jan. 6, 2020, when she can seek a preliminary hearing on a felony charge alleging that she embezzled $3,996 on her last day of work.

Quiana Paige Beams, 23, of Belleview, Neb., who remains free on a personal recognizance bond, appeared in Payne County District Court last week on the felony charge punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine on conviction.

Stillwater Police Detective Richard Leport wrote in an affidavit that the bank’s assistant branch manager alleged “Beams had taken money from three deposits made by commercial customers on her last day of work, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, while she was working in the commercial drive-through.

“On Jan. 22, 2019, the Food Pyramid Grocery Store reported a discrepancy with their deposit made on Dec. 7, 2018. Simmons Bank investigated the discrepancy. Quiana Beams’ cash drawer was determined to be short $3,389.

“Quiana Beams handled a deposit for Stillwater Realty Unlimited. Later, a discrepancy was found when it was discovered $217 was shown as cash back to the customer, which is irregular for a commercial deposit. Quiana Beams’ cash drawer was determined to be short $217.

“Quiana Beams handled a deposit for the Stillwater Milling Company. On Dec. 11, 2018, the Stillwater Milling Company reported a discrepancy with their deposit made on Dec. 7, 2018. Simmons Bank investigated and found the deposit slip had been altered from $2,515.61 to $2,125.61. Quiana Beams’ cash drawer was determined to be short $390.”

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