A former employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was arrested in San Antonio this week on charges of embezzling more than $100,000 while she worked for the parole division.
A Travis County grand jury on Nov. 13 indicted Frances Jones Lawrence on a charge of theft by a public servant greater than $100,000 but less than $200,000.
John Moriarty, inspector general for the department, said Lawrence, 33, was an administrative staffer with access to credit cards and purchasing records.
“There were suspicious receipts we were made aware of, so we opened an investigation and discovered that there was basically embezzlement going on,” Moriarty said. Lawrence, who remained jailed Thursday on $20,000 bond, was arrested at her latest place of employment.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Embezzling charges at TDCJ parole
TDCJ has had a bad stretch of luck lately regarding alleged employee corruption, most recently not in the prison system but among parole staff, the SA Express News reported last week (11-20):