LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a woman accused of stealing more than $166,000 from her employer, claiming she needed it because she had cancer.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, police began the investigation on Jan. 11, after First Bank and Trust of East Texas contacted them about fraud on one of their accounts.
According to the affidavit, Mike Windsor of WINCO and 4W Ranch found checks dating back to 2010 made payable to Jamie Deniece Simmons, 39, of Lufkin, which he did not authorize.
Windsor said he had hired Simmons in Sept. 2010 as his secretary and bookkeeper. He said he confronted her and she admitted to taking the money, because she had cancer and needed it to pay bills.
Records from the bank show that more than $166,000 had been taken from Windsor's account without his permission.
Simmons was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Thursday, where she is being held on a charge of theft. Her bond has not yet been set.