Joint statement regarding alleged embezzlement

City of Durant

In May 2022, the Durant Police Department discovered monetary discrepancies linked to former Lieutenant Billy Jones, who retired on February 25, 2022, after 23 years of service.

While employed at the Durant Police Department, Jones was an active member of the Durant Fraternal Order of Police, serving in the roles of both President and Secretary/Treasurer.

Soon after Jones’ retirement, members of the FOP discovered apparent financial discrepancies had occurred within his area of responsibility as Secretary/Treasurer.

Notification by the FOP prompted the Durant Police Department to review Jones’ activity as a narcotics officer. In May 2022, monetary discrepancies were also discovered within the narcotics division and believed to be criminal in nature.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was immediately notified of the discrepancies. The OSBI accepted the case and began their investigation.

This investigation is ongoing and further media inquiries should be directed to the OSBI.

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