Oilton mayor arrested for embezzlement

Patrick Kennedy (Creek County Jail)

CREEK COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) -- State agents have arrested a Creek County mayor after a months-long investigation into official misconduct allegations.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Creek County district attorney requested an OSBI investigation last July into Oilton Mayor Patrick Kennedy.

Agents interviewed Kennedy, 62, at his Oilton home and arrested him for two counts of making or receiving a kickback and one count of embezzlement.

According to the affidavit, Kennedy approached two public works employees with a proposal to hire them as contractors for air conditioner and sewer repairs. He would pay them out of unspent funds from a loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the three of them would split the money.

The affidavit reports that the employees, who Kennedy either immediately or indirectly supervised, agreed to his proposal.

Kennedy is accused of diverting $8,700 of city money for the scheme. He was booked into the Creek County Jail on $30,000 bond.

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