Wanted former Creek County Sheriff's Office captain surrenders after OSBI embezzlement investigation

TULSA - Just over a month after the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation began looking into the Creek County Sheriff's Office for possible embezzlement, one of its captains surrendered to authorities.

A warrant for former CCSO Capt. Leslie Ruhman on one count of embezzlement was filed Thursday, leading Ruhman to turn himself in.

The former captain, who resigned Sunday, worked for the sheriff's office for more than 12 years as an investigator and property officer. 

Investigators, who were alerted to potential corruption after multiple suspicions surrounding the property room arose within CCSO.

"An incident of this nature erodes the public trust and tarnishes the image of all law enforcement. I am deeply saddened and extremely disappointed in the conduct and alleged actions of Leslie Ruhman," CCSO sheriff John Davis said in a statement Thursday. "Any time a law enforcement officer violates the public's trust, it brings disgrace to the agency and the law enforcement profession. Law enforcement officers are not above the law and the Creek County Sheriff's office will vigorously investigate those who break the law and violate the public's trust."

Ruhman, who was given a $10,000 bond, quickly bonded out of jail.

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