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May 8, 2014

Business owner receives $31K restitution

CLAREMORE —

Danny Neldon, owner of Thunder Bowl Lanes, finally received a check for restitution in a 2008 embezzlement case involving his former employee.
The bowling alley closed in 2011, but   Neldon said prior to that date that his employee had been stealing deposits instead of taking them to the bank.
The Pardon and Parole division of the district attorney’s office worked on getting the funds owed to Neldon while collecting them from Fritze Roberston.
Roberston was convicted of the crime in 2010 under the former District Attorney Gene Haynes.
Attorney Patrick Abitbol prosecuted the case, securing a sentence of seven years with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
 District Attorney Janice Steidley presented the check to Neldon Thursady morning at a press conference.
“We want to encourage any victim to report. These cases show the system does work,” Steidley said.

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