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Judge orders woman who stole at least $11K from Lufkin business to begin restitution

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

An Angelina County judge ordered a 42-year-old Lufkin woman who stole at least $11,000 from a Lufkin loan business called Needmore Cash in January 2012 to start paying $340 a month in restitution immediately.

During Erica Lyne Simmon's hearing in Judge Pual White's 159th Judicial District Court, she was told that she will need to continue making the payments for 24 months. White said if Simmons misses a payment in that period, her probation will be revoked.

Simmons was a no-show at her first restitution hearing, which was scheduled for Sept. 5. As a result, White issued an arrest warrant for her.

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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