Lufkin woman who stole at least $11K from Lufkin loan co. a court no-show

Erica Simmons (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Erica Simmons (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge issued an arrest warrant for a 42-year-old Lufkin woman after she was a no-show at her restitution hearing Thursday.

Erica Lyne Simmons failed to show up for the restitution hearing in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court.

White said when Simmons next appears in court, he will determine her income situation and how much restitution she can pay. The judge also said there is a possibility that Simmons' probation will be revoked, and she will have to go to prison.

In May 2012, Simmons pleaded guilty to a state-jail felony charge of theft between $1,500 and $20,000. She was sentenced to 5 years of probation.

Lufkin Police officers arrested Simmons in January 2012 for stealing at least $11,000 from Needmore Cash, where she was working at the time. The owner told police that Simmons had stolen thousands of dollars from the business.

The owner said he conducted an internal audit and learned that the money going in for deposits and the amount being loaned out were not matching. He said he found fake checks on his daily work sheets and the work computer. In addition, he said he could show $11,000 was stolen, according to the affidavit.

The owner said he was still investigating and believes the amount stolen could be as high as $32,000. He said Simmons confessed to stealing money from the businesses and told him in a text message that she would pay him back $15,000.

Simmons was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Jan. 12, 2012. She was released on a $2,500 bond later that day.

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