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Spray Rodeo secretary faces charges of theft, computer crimes

EO Media Group

Published on February 23, 2018 9:37AM

Joann Pearl Griffith of Spray faces 35 criminal charges for the theft of funds from the Spray Rodeo Association and the Haystack Cemetery Association.

Griffith is the secretary of the rodeo, according to filings with the Oregon Secretary of State. Griffith on Thursday said she did not want to talk about the case.

EO Media Group was not able to talk to another member of the cemetery association. Earl Mortimore, rodeo president, declined to comment.

Court records show a Wheeler County grand jury indicted Griffith on Feb. 7 on the following charges: fives counts of first-degree theft; two counts of second-degree theft; 27 counts of computer crime; and one of fraudulent use of a credit card.

All the charges are felonies except the second-degree theft. Twenty charges apply to the cemetery association and the rest to the rodeo. The indictment alleges Griffith in 2016 and 2017 used a computer to steal from the two organizations, taking more than $3,000 from the cemetery and more than $2,000 from the rodeo.

Griffith’s arraignment on the charges is Friday morning at 9:30 at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Fossil.


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