Enid woman charged with embezzling from fast-food restaurant

Catherine Marie Hessel

ENID, Okla. — A 35-year-old Enid woman was arraigned this week on a charge of embezzlement accusing her of taking more than $2,500 from the McDonald's on West Willow.

Catherine Marie Hessel faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 and restitution, if convicted of the felony charge. She appeared Thursday in Garfield County District Court for arraignment while free on $3,052.19 bond. She was ordered to return to court Sept. 19 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, on June 7, Enid Police Department Officer Brad Davis was sent to speak with a representative of McDonald's, 1125 W. Willow, in reference to an embezzlement.

The representative told Davis he had video footage of Hessel removing deposits from the safe inside the manager's office on two occasions, according to the affidavit. The first occurred April 14 and the second April 18. The representative said he waited to confirm the deposits were not deposited in the bank.

Davis viewed the video and noted seeing a woman remove a small package from the safe and place it into a jacket before leaving the manager's office, according to the affidavit. The representative identified the woman in the video as Hessel.

The representative said making deposits was part of Hessel's job but on those two days the deposits were not to be made or removed from the safe, according to the affidavit. The representative said Hessel had access to the safe as part of her responsibilities as an assistant manager.

The total of the two deposits taken was $3,052.19, according to the affidavit.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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