Police: Lufkin woman admits to stealing 367k from vet clinics

Melissa McCleskey mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Melissa McCleskey mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Police arrested a Lufkin woman Wednesday after she reportedly admitted to stealing a combined $367,000 from two veterinary clinics with which she worked.

Melissa Suzanne McCleskey, 33, is charged with felony theft.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit the investigation began in November, when two different reports, showing two different figures, arrived at the CPA firm. The complainant eventually confronted McCleskey, who gave a written statement that she had taken about $50,000 in cash from both clinics, according to the affidavit.

A detective met with McCleskey, who, according to the affidavit, admitted to taking cash from the clinics since 2008, by overriding the computer and making a false daily report for the clinics and having the report turned in.

An audit showed that $246,016.71 was taken from East Texas Clinic and $121,764.05 was taken from Lone Star Clinic. The audit showed McCleskey's theft began on Jan. 3, 2007, at $25.45, and grew progressively over time, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states McCleskey told police she stole up to $1,000 at a time and she just spent it on "living expenses."

McCluskey surrendered to the detective on Wednesday at the Angelina County Jail. She posted a $50,000 bond the same day.

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