Oklahoma woman accused of embezzling over $60,000 from 75-year-old Camp Fire victim

first_imgButte County Sheriffs Office(TULSA, Okla.) — An Oklahoma woman is accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars in insurance money from an elderly Camp Fire survivor whose home was destroyed in the deadly wildfire, officials said.Brenda Rose Asbury, 29, of Tulsa, embezzled $63,100 from a 75-year-old person who was meant to collect the money as part of an insurance settlement after losing a residence in the 2018 fire, according to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.Asbury was arrested and charged with elder abuse, embezzlement and grand theft, according to the sheriff’s office.The Camp Fire is the most destructive and deadly wildfire in California history, destroying thousands of homes and structures and claiming the lives of 85 people. The blaze ignited in Butte County and burned 153,336 acres for 18 days.Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Asbury in September of this year.They discovered she lived in Tulsa and coordinated with Oklahoma law enforcement to try and track her down, according to the sheriff’s office.An attorney retained by Asbury later spoke with detectives, who told the attorney that Asbury needed to contact law enforcement immediately.She showed up to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and told them she had been driving the past three days from Oklahoma, the sheriff’s office said.Asbury was subsequently placed under arrest.It was not immediately clear how Asbury came across the money, or if she had a relationship with the victim. Calls to the sheriff’s office were not returned.Asbury did not respond to ABC News for comment. An attorney for her could not be reached.She is expected to be arraigned on Thursday in Butte County Superior Court.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bed Bath & Beyond to close 200 stores

first_imgBed Bath & Beyond will close 200 stores as the retailer’s sales plummeted 50 percent. (Getty)Bed Bath & Beyond may have to rethink the ‘beyond’ part. The retailer said Wednesday that it will close 200 stores over the next two years.Although online sales more than doubled during April and May, the company’s total sales fell by nearly half during its latest quarter. As a result, Bed Bath & Beyond will begin to permanently close a portion of its locations later this year, according to CNBC.As of May 30, the company, which includes the chains Buybuy Baby, Christmas Tree Shops and Harmon Face Values, operated 1,478 stores, of which 955 are Bed Bath & Beyonds.“We saw there were a number of stores dragging us down,” Chief Executive Mark Tritton told CNBC. “We will continue to look at the rest of our concept doors, now that we have established the data criteria.”Bed Bath & Beyond is just the latest retailer to be forced into closures by the coronavirus pandemic.The same day that Bed Bath & Beyond made its announcement, Brooks Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.Bed Bath & Beyond was one of the many retailers that recently began to resume paying rent as stores reopened. In May, the retailer paid no rent in any of its locations. In June, it paid in almost 39 percent of them, according to the latest Datex Property Solutions report on national retail chains.However, the trends may not be cause for celebration quite yet as some states have once again initiated shutdowns, further clouding the future for retailers. [CNBC] — Sasha Jones This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more