Pruitt Says Judge Agrees To Deferred Prosecution

Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Former Pittsburg County Special  Judge William Layden Jr. Thursday agreed to a deferred prosecution to avoid a  trial for his part in a drug court embezzlement scheme, Attorney General Scott  Pruitt said.

Layden, 62, was  indicted in October 2011 by the Attorney General’s Multicounty Grand Jury on a  charge of conspiracy to defraud the state, after he interfered with a joint  investigation into the Pittsburg County Drug Court. The drug court coordinator,  Angela Marcum, was indicted in June 2011 on charges of embezzlement and  destroying records. She is awaiting trial.

As part of his agreement, Layden agreed to pay more than  $4,700 in restitution to the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office to cover  one-third of the cost of an audit by the agency. He also agreed not seek public  or judicial office and not violate any laws.

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