(Stillwater) — A former employee of Cimarron Correctional Facility, who is currently on probation for obtaining food stamps by fraud while she was working at the Cushing prison, was arraigned in court Monday.
The Payne County District Attorney’s Office maintains that Salina Dannelle Harjo, 32, failed to comply with the terms of the probation that she was given last March by District Judge Donald Worthington.
Harjo, who now lives in Stillwater, appeared in court Monday without an attorney and was ordered to return Feb. 3 with counsel, court records show. She remains free on $2,500 bond.
Harjo had pleaded guilty in 2008 to obtaining $2,446 in food stamps by fraud from June 2006 to March 2007 by failing to report her employment with the Cushing prison and her husband’s employment with the Oklahoma National Guard.
She also pleaded no contest in 2008 to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault and battery in Cushing in 2006, for which she was given a 10-day jail term, court records show.
In her felony case of obtaining food stamps by fraud, she was ordered in 2009 to pay $2,446 restitution at the rate of $50 per month along with a $500 fine, to attend family counseling and an anger resolution class and to continue mental health treatment.
She was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service within six months as a condition of a five-year deferred sentence — which prosecutors want to have accelerated for her alleged failure to pay restitution, court costs and probationary fees, and to verify the completion of her community service.
According to an affidavit by state Department of Human Services Agent Paul Hutter, Harjo obtained $2,446 in food stamps by fraud — by failing to report her employment at the Cimarron Correctional Facility during June 2006 through December 2006, and the employment of her then-husband, Daniel Hart, with the Oklahoma Army National Guard during broken periods of April 2006 through March 2007.
Harjo’s now ex-husband, Hart, 35, of Stillwater, also appeared in court Monday on a misdemeanor charge for his allegedly sending numerous text messages to Hart in June after being asked to stop, court records show.
“Harjo said Hart was texting her because she would not add him as a friend on a social website, and he knew the texts cost her money,” an affidavit by Stillwater Police Officer John Latzke alleged.
When the officer went to Hart’s residence, “Hart told me that he was texting Harjo as he was speaking to me. He admitted that he was doing so maliciously since she would not add him as a friend on a social website, and would continue to do so until she added him as a friend,” Latzke alleged in his affidavit.