Former Treasurer Sentenced to Nearly Three Years in Prison for Embezzling More Than $419,000 from Fraternal Order of Police
TULSA, OK—The former Treasurer of the Fraternal Order of Police Oklahoma State Lodge and the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police was sentenced today to serve 33 months in federal prison for embezzling over $419,000 from Lodge bank accounts, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma. In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell ordered Lorna Jean Vanlandingham to pay restitution in the amount of $291,127.59, three years of supervised release, and a $15,000 fine.
On February 11, 2015, Vanlandingham, of Tulsa, was charged with two-counts of wire fraud. At a plea hearing on March 25, Vanlandingham admitted that from April 6, 2010 to March 11, 2014, she embezzled from the Fraternal Order of Police Oklahoma. Additionally, from January 23, 2013 to April 23, 2014, she admitted to embezzling from the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #93. The loss to the Oklahoma State Lodge was $66,778.53 and the loss to the Tulsa Lodge #93 was $352,313.31.
“Instead of acting in good faith, she abused her position of trust by writing fraudulent checks and making unauthorized transfers which resulted in the loss of over $419,000 from Lodge bank accounts,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “Throughout the case, my office was committed to seeking justice and to holding the defendant accountable for her misconduct and wrongdoing. All crimes, especially those committed against the law enforcement community, will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The case was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Gallant prosecuted the case.