Former Oklahoman, Tulsa World and Oklahoma Gazette reporter Scott Cooper recently resigned his position as treasurer-secretary of the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists after a preliminary review of SPJ’s bank account showed $40,000 in unauthorized withdrawals, according to an SPJ media release.
Cooper, who founded the online oklegalnews.com and contributed to The Lost Ogle website, wrote in an email to SPJ President M. Scott Carter that he had withdrawn $18,650 from the SPJ account for his personal use by writing checks to himself, according to a story in This Land Press.
The money was used to gamble at a casino or cover gambling expenses, according to emails obtained by This Land. While Cooper has not been charged with a crime in the matter, he acknowledged in a letter to Carter that “my journalism career is over.”
That might well be true: a final written fact published as punctuation to what had been a long and respectable career.