A former McAlester city manager convicted of embezzlement was ordered Thursday to serve four years and three months in a federal penitentiary.

Randy Stephen Green, 53, also was ordered to pay $116,908.91 restitution to the City of McAlester and $379,495.68 to CNA Surety Corp.

Green was convicted in March of five counts of embezzlement from a local government that received federal funds. He was fired from his job as city manager January 2005 after officials uncovered a plot in which Green was selling back more unused leave days than he had accrued.

“Public corruption is despicable,” U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling said. “Public officials are obligated to protect their respective treasuries, not treat them as personal piggy banks.”

Evidence presented during trial revealed Green had schemed to steal more than $2.5 million dollars from McAlester’s city coffers. Sperling said Green, during a period of five years, amended his employment contract several times. With each amendment, Sperling said, Green would claim an additional 33 days of leave per year.

Sperling said Green wrongfully claimed about 1,365 days of leave, sold back and received payments totaling $457,849.82 for vacation and sick leave to which he was not entitled.

Sperling said Green also had devised a way to inflate his pension by basing it on his total compensation rather than annual salary.

“The defendant abused the trust placed in him by the city and citizens and council and employees of McAlester,” Sperling said.

Green is to begin serving his sentence Sept. 15. He will serve three years supervised probation upon his release from prison.

Reach D.E. Smoot at 684-2903 or dsmoot@ muskogeephoenix.com.

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