Lufkin police: La Michoacana employee admits stealing thousands

Judy Franco (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Judy Franco (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Flor de la Garza (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Flor de la Garza (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have charged a Chireno woman accused of stealing thousands from La Michoacana, where she worked.

Judy Olivia Franco, 20, is charged with third-degree theft.

According to an arrest affidavit, the area manager at the store told police about an internal theft. She said Franco came to her and said she and a co-worker, Flor Alejandra de la Garza, had stolen a large amount of money while working for the company.

The affidavit states Franco said that when she started her job in November 2012, she learned from de la Garza that the store was already missing $6,000. She then described how she and her co-worker worked together to use incoming bank money to cover up the stolen money taken from the deposit money bags over the next two years.

The affidavit states the two co-workers admitted to their roles in stealing money, but neither kept a record of how much. Both admitted to taking amounts of $1,000 at first before they became larger, up to $3,000.

The store managers provided police with reports showing $36,340 missing from the store. De la Garza claimed responsibility for $10,000 and said Franco was responsible for $26,000, but Franco said she had taken $10,552, according to the affidavit.

Franco was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Thursday and posted a $5,000 bond.

De la Garza was booked on the charge in November and also posted a $5,000 bond.

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