Ottawa County Sheriff indicted for embezzlement and perjury

Floyd was arrested around 9:30 Friday morning.

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office confirms Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd has been indicted in Oklahoma Supreme Court for embezzlement and perjury.

The case was filed on Dec. 17, 2020, by the Attorney General’s Office.

According to Ottawa County court records, Floyd is being charged for embezzling $1,132.78 in March 2018 when he purchased an airline ticket for his wife. That was among items found in an investigative state audit released back in June.

(Related: Audit finds improper use of credit card, violations of statutes at Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff responds to audit of Ottawa County office)

Court records also state that Floyd has been indicted for perjury. The indictment states he “willingly and feloniously declared under oath that he had not been arrested for the crime of embezzlement, or ever been on any type of probation for the crime of embezzlement” on his declaration of candidacy for Sheriff in this last election.

Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson says they received a warrant for Floyd’s arrest at about 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Floyd was arrested without incident and is being held in the Ottawa County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Ottawa County Commissioner Russell Earls tells KOAM Undersheriff Dan Cook has assumed the duties of sheriff. Earls says that he plans to ask for Floyd’s resignation so the commission can appoint Sheriff-Elect David Dean to the position. Earls also tells us that Cook is planning to leave the sheriff’s office on December 22nd, but if Floyd doesn’t tender his resignation, he plans to ask Cook to stay in the position until Dean takes office in January.

KOAM  currently awaiting additional details from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office.