MCALESTER, Okla. — A former McAlester Public Schools superintendent has pleaded no contest to embezzlement.

The McAlester News-Capital ( ) reports that Marsha Gore entered her plea on Tuesday. Gore was accused of using the school district credit card on personal items. She had been charged with two counts of embezzlement, but one count was dropped.

She has agreed to pay $84.63 in restitution to the school district and was also fined $250. Gore was fired as superintendent because of violations of policy regarding credit card usage and personal spending.

A felony embezzlement charge against Gore’s husband, Skip, was also dropped Tuesday after he agreed to pay restitution to the school district as well. He was the school district’s plant operations manager, but resigned.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Agent John Jones wrote in a probable cause affidavit that he had obtained copies of a dinner receipt at Red Lobster and at Hobby Lobby for the same date, both paid for with Marsha Gore’s McAlester Public Schools purchase card.

“Marsha told me that she believed the dinner at Red Lobster was a justifiable purchase, because she was also going to Hobby Lobby, which was school business, because decorations for the school were purchased,” Jones said.

Both of the Gore’s preliminary hearings were originally scheduled Oct. 4 according to court documents, however District Attorney Chuck Sullivan said he received an unexpected phone call Tuesday saying the Gores and their attorneys were in town and ready to resolve the cases. The early court action allowed for the hearings to be completed without prior notification to the public or the media.

Information from: McAlester News-Capital,

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