TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - The investigation into missing funds from the Trinity County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 office has led to the arrest of a clerk who works in the office.
"This is the first time I have had any issues with missing funds from a county office," Trinity County Judge Doug Page said.
Texas Ranger Steve Jeter arrested Tamela Anne Curran, 44, of Groveton, on Friday, according to District Attorney Bennie Schiro.
According to an arrest affidavit, Justice of the Peace Randy Barrett contacted Jeter in reference to the missing money. The affidavit states an audit was conducted and it was determined $3,161 was missing from the cash receipts.
"I thought someone was coming in here after hours until I started looking at the times on the fake receipts that were printed, and I saw that they were done in my office hours," Barrett said. "I just have no words for this right now. I'm still in awe. It was hard for me to believe. It was my office and I trusted her. She was suppose to be doing right."
Barrett said that he went to the Texas Rangers instead of an internal investigation with the county because of past issues with the county. Barrett said those issues involve the recent Janurary Commissioners Court where officials asked Barrett to resign stating that he was not doing his job right.
"I wanted to have somebody that was unbiased that I could trust and I figured I could trust a Texas Ranger," Barrett said.
Jeter reported interviewing Curran, who worked as a clerk in the office, on Friday. He stated she confessed to stealing the cash throughout the course of 2013 and she provided details on how she obtained the money.
Jeter reported Curran was polite and cooperative through the investigation and he arrested her on the charge.
She is charged with third-degree theft by a public servant.
Curran is out of jail on a $15,000 bail.