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

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

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

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

Simmons was a no-show at her first restitution hearing, which was scheduledfor 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 atleast $11,000 from Needmore Cash, where she was working at the time. The ownertold police that Simmons had stolen thousands of dollars from the business.

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

The owner said he was still investigating and believes the amount stolencould be as high as $32,000. He said Simmons confessed to stealing money fromthe 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 wasreleased on a $2,500 bond later that day.

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