By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A Norman woman faces prison time for allegedly stealing funds entrusted to her by the owner of a Yukon vape shop.
Norman’s Vivian Souvania Wright, 48, was charged Feb. 27 in Canadian County District Court with embezzlement.
The felony crime is punishable by up to five years in state prison, a maximum $5,000 fine and restitution.
Assistant District Attorney Walter Mengden alleges Wright violated state law in August 2022 “by fraudulently appropriating the sum of $2,580.87” that belonged to the Yukon vaporizer business owner.
Yukon Police investigated the crime, which reportedly occurred Aug. 17-19. The vape store is in the 1300 block of W Vandament.
Allegations against the defendant are detailed in an arrest warrant affidavit filed by a Yukon police investigator.
Yukon Police Sgt. Kris Goble on Aug. 22 spoke with the vape shop owner about fraudulent charges made to her business account.
“The charges were made three separate days to three different companies,” according to the affidavit. “The total loss was $2,580.87.
“The defendant is the property manager for the strip mall that (the business) is located in.”
A Yukon police incident report lists three amounts – $393.32, $1,163.12 and $1,024.43.
The alleged victim told police that Wright had access to her business account – but only had permission to take the monthly rent out of the account.
Sgt. Goble spoke with Wright, who initially denied having any knowledge of the fraudulent charges.
“On 8-30-22 and 8-31-22, the defendant sent text messages to (the victim) apologizing and pleading with her to drop the police report,” the investigator’s court affidavit reads.
Canadian County Special Judge David Halley signed the warrant for Wright’s arrest, setting bond at $5,000.