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Okmulgee mayor resigns amid embezzlement accusations

Posted at 3:45 PM, Feb 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-02 12:38:26-05

OKMULGEE, Okla. — Richard Larabee resigned from his position as Mayor of Okmulgee on Wednesday as he remains at the center of an embezzlement investigation.

Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice said his department heard from a local business on Friday about the embezzlement of about $150,000.

The McCullough Building Owners LLC reported Larabee, a former property manager and minority owner who they accused of embezzling in excess of $150,000 while working as the building's property manager.

Larabee served as a ceremonial figurehead for the city council which approves contracts, purchases and claims but does not have access to municipal funds.

Prentice handed the investigation over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

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