Two people charged for embezzling more than $400,000 from Broken Arrow business

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Broken Arrow Police Department (BAPD) charged two people Wednesday for their roles in an “intricate scheme” that embezzled more than $400 thousand from a local construction business.

Miriam Gaona and Gumaro Ortiz are accused of engaging in a large-scale embezzlement operation, in which about $449,168 was stolen from August 2019 to November 2021. An additional attempt was also made to take $413,249.

BAPD said an intricate scheme was uncovered in which Gaona, an employee of the business, created several fictional companies in which she would write checks from her employer to the fake companies.

BAPD found that Gaona was helped by Ortiz, and duped others to illegally move money. Ortiz is accused of knowingly helping Gaona in the embezzlement scheme.

The investigation was submitted to the District Court of Tulsa County and they issued arrest warrants for Gaona and Ortiz.

Gaona was arrested by detectives on Wednesday without incident, and Ortiz turned himself in on Wednesday for his warrant. Both were booked into the Tulsa County Jail.