MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 28, 2012

Sentence is ending, but not her time

State conviction to keep ex-county worker in custody after federal term over

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A former Muskogee County court clerk deputy nearing release on a federal wire fraud conviction has time left to serve in the state of Oklahoma.

Jackie Louise Borovetz, 61, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison in 2009 for embezzling almost $600,000 from the Muskogee County District Court Clerk’s office.

Borovetz, who is in a Dallas halfway house, is set to be released from federal custody March 14, according to her Bureau of Prisons information. That release date would equal 44 months in federal custody — seven months fewer than her sentence.

Borovetz was convicted of embezzlement July 17, 2009, in Muskogee County District Court.

Her federal sentence was ordered to run concurrently with her state sentence, so she served “day-for-day” while in federal custody, said Jim Rabon, a sentence administrator for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Borovetz had worked at the court clerk’s office for about six years when charged with the embezzlement. Her charges stated she embezzled $595,253.32 in 11 appropriations beginning in November 2007, and ending in September 2008, when she was caught.

She was ordered to pay $595,250.32 in restitution and will serve three years of supervised release once she is out of federal prison. She admitted at her federal sentencing to embezzling the money to feed a gambling addiction.

Her judgment and sentencing report filed in the court clerk’s office states she was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, followed by 25 years of probation.   

J.D. Daniels, deputy director for the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board, said they had not received a “parole in absentia” request from Borovetz or her attorney.

Therefore, Daniels said, she would have just more than six years — 76 months — left to serve in an Oklahoma prison.

“She will have to come back to Muskogee,” Daniels said.

“She has not come up on parole for us, so she will have to serve any time she has remaining.”

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.