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Oklahoma City councilman turns self in, released on bond

John Pettis, 35, turned himself in May 15 on charges of embezzlement and on count of intentionally failing to file state income tax returns. (Oklahoma County Jail)

An Oklahoma City Councilman turned himself in on embezzlement charges Tuesday.

Councilman John Pettis was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail May 15 on three counts of embezzlement and one count of intentionally failing to file state income tax returns.

Pettis was released on a $10,000 bond. He is accused of taking at least $165,000 from charities under his control. The Associated Press reports that Pettis will plead not guilty to the charges. Pettis serves as the Councilman for Ward 7, which covers a large portion of northeast Oklahoma City. He is currently running for Oklahoma County Commissioner.

On Monday, a City of Oklahoma City spokesperson said Pettis plans to resign from his position.


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