Em­ployee fired from Planned Par­ent­hood ac­cused of steal­ing

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - BY KYLE SCH­WAB Staff Writer kschwab@ok­la­homan.com

A fired Planned Par­ent­hood em­ployee has been ac­cused of us­ing a credit card from the non­profit to pay for lin­gerie, ho­tel stays, amuse­ment park at­trac­tions and a cruise.

“The to­tal unau­tho­rized credit card charges span­ning over nine states and Mex­ico was $23,442,” a Warr Acres po­lice of­fi­cer re­ported in a court af­fi­davit.

Kelly Lee Smith, 38, of Ok­la­homa City, was charged Mon­day in Ok­la­homa County Dis­trict Court with felony em­bez­zle­ment. Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege Smith made the unau­tho­rized pur­chases be­tween May and Au­gust.

Smith worked at the Planned Par­ent­hood in Warr Acres, po­lice re­ported. The location, which opened last year, is the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s first Ok­la­homa clinic to pro­vide abor­tions.

Smith was fired Aug. 28. Other unau­tho­rized ex­penses on the credit card in­cluded cloth­ing, pet sup­plies, beauty prod­ucts, wax­ing ser­vices, elec­tron­ics, pedi­cures, home decor, child care and fast food, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Po­lice re­ported Smith em­bez­zled an ad­di­tional $2,424 in cash that was sup­posed to be de­posited into the Planned Par­ent­hood bank ac­count.

Smith was booked into the Ok­la­homa County jail Oct. 11 and re­leased a week later, jail of­fi­cials said. She has de­clined to speak with po­lice about the al­le­ga­tions, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

She could not be reached Tues­day by phone.

Smith has pleaded guilty in the past to bo­gus check of­fenses, records show.

Kelly Lee Smith

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