Lawton Woman Pleaded Guilty

A Lawton woman pleaded guilty to embezzling cash from a credit institution on Tuesday.

According to court record, Maria Estelle Martin worked for a security company that serviced Lawton area ATM machines for local banks and credit unions.  Her duties included replenishing ATM machines with cash from financial institutions' vaults.

In late 2011 and early 2012, Martin embezzled cash by taking it from the vaults and keeping it rather than using it to replenish the ATM machines.

The 47-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1-million fine.  Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2014.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lawton Police Department.