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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame president arrested, accused of embezzlement

Jason McIntosh
Posted at 1:23 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 19:25:43-05

TULSA, Okla. — The president of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame faces allegations of identity theft and embezzlement.

Tulsa police arrested Jason McIntosh around 10 a.m. Thursday morning. He faces complaints of identity theft, embezzlement in excess of $1,000 and attempted embezzlement in excess of $1,000.

According to court records, a man reached out to police in 2020 with allegations of identity theft and embezzlement. He said McIntosh used over $20,000 in credit card convenience checks issued to another account.

The checks were issued to the Tulsa Children’s Chorus from a card that the man, a former treasurer at the organization, opened in 2015. He said he turned the card back over to the organization in 2017 when he resigned his position.

After getting a call from a debt collector about an unpaid balance on the card he learned the card had not been canceled as he thought. He learned the following changes had been made to the account:

  • · Raised credit limit to 21k
  • · Changed address to the OK Jazz Hall of Fame address
  • · Changed phone number to OK Jazz Hall of Fame number

He told police the debt collector told him she’d talked to another man claiming to be him that sounded ‘very different’ from the actual man.

The man told police McIntosh was the only link between the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Children’s Chorus. McIntosh is a former board member for the group and was on the board when the man resigned and returned the credit card.

The bank confirmed to investigators that the money from the checks did get deposited into an account in the name of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. A series of checks dated in 2018 show $21,000 deposited to that account, and bank records show other attempts at depositing checks that the bank denied due to the card being maxed out.

Investigators confirmed the group never did any work with the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and did not owe any money to that organization. Investigators reached out to McIntosh and said he never denied making the transactions but said he had evidence refuting the illegitimacy of the checks but then later stopped communicating with the investigators

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame recently filed for bankruptcy and faces eviction from its current location.

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