Police: Lufkin woman admits stealing $30k from vet clinic

Sheila McDonald mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Sheila McDonald mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman is accused of stealing more than $30,000 from a vet clinic.

Lufkin Police said a veterinarian from the Southwood Animal Clinic located in the 2000 block of Southwood Drive, filed a police report stating an employee had stole money from the clinic.

According to the arrest affidavit, the suspect is identified as Sheila McDonald, 36, of Lufkin who was the office manager for the clinic.

The clinic started checking office records on April 5, and found discrepancies in the book keeping. They claimed McDonald was padding receipts when ordering supplies. She allegedly put a different amount in the computer business files than what was on the receipts, and she would keep the difference.

Once clinic management thoroughly researched all the record books they discovered since 2009 McDonald has stole an estimated $33,500, according to the affidavit.

Management told police they confronted McDonald about the discrepancies, and they also stated McDonald confessed twice to taking the money.

"The only thing I can say is that I am truly sorry for being dishonest and for taking money from the clinic…" McDonald said, according to the affidavit. "I betrayed our friendship and our work relationship. I know what I did was wrong and I have to face the consequences of my actions…"

The affidavit also included the details of McDonald's written confession.

"… I believe around August 2009 I started taking money from the clinic. I don't remember the amount that I took. Over time I began taking anywhere from $20 to $100 and I would just add the amount into what we call 'Cash on Hand.' I would also add money to the amount that we pay out for supplies, {and} postage, and misc.," explained McDonald. "Over time I would pay back money just by adding cash to the daily deposits… I told them that I took money and I gave them a figure of around $18,200 that is what I knew of in cash but I was not thinking or remembering the money added to the daily day sheets (supplies, postage, and misc.). After telling the Dr.'s what I had done they were able to go back through the day sheets and determine that the total was actually around $33,000.00. I am not denying the total…"

According to the arrest affidavit, investigators were given a breakdown of the monthly totals stolen from 2009 through 2012.

In April 2012 a total loss was determined to be $17,601.80, but according the clinic management records, McDonald allegedly took $303.02 in 2009, $7,001.17 in 2010, $6,919.42 in {2011} and $18,592.86 in 2012.

McDonald was arrested Monday on a theft warrant. She was booked into the Angelina County Jail and released on a $6,000 bond.

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