|Updated: 11/07/2013 4:36 pm
||Published: 11/07/2013 4:35 pm
Creek County officials say former Creek County Sheriff’s Office Captain Leslie Ruhman surrendered and was arraigned in Creek County District Court on a criminal felony charge of Embezzlement.
They say while in the course of changing property officers, and preparing to relocate the Creek County Sheriff’s Office property room, events surfaced which were deemed to be suspect in nature. At that time the property room was secured and a request made to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation requesting an investigation into the property room.
Upon completion of the investigation the findings were forwarded to the Payne County District Attorney’s Office, which had been assigned the case by the Oklahoma Attorney General.
Ruhman had been employed with the Creek County Sheriff’s Office for over 12 years as an investigator and property officer, rising to the rank of Captain overseeing the investigation division prior to his resignation on October 3rd, 2013.
“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. 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.”