A former Medicine Park volunteer firefighter has pleaded guilty in two different embezzlement cases.
On Thursday, Michael Shang McKenzie, 50, Lawton, pleaded guilty in Comanche County District Court to a felony count of embezzlement, records indicate.
Chief District Judge Scott D. Meaders sentenced McKenzie to a five-year deferred sentence and ordered him to pay $6,104.66 restitution to the Town of Medicine Park.
McKenzie was charged in October 2022 after it was discovered McKenzie made numerous unauthorized charges to the fire department’s fuel charge card. During an interview with investigators, McKenzie admitted he knew his activities were illegal and claimed he needed the money, according to the probable cause affidavit. He was dismissed from the fire department.
In October, McKenzie pleaded guilty to using a Medicine Park man’s Lowe’s charge account to make several purchases between March 19 and Oct. 13, 2022, the warrant affidavit states. The card holder told investigators McKenzie worked for him but spent $11,548.29 without his authorization.
The card holder also reported McKenzie spent another $5,896.81 for a large spool of copper wire from Hunzicker Brothers, the affidavit states.
McKenzie received a five-year deferred sentence for that case plus restitution. Both sentences are to run concurrently.