CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman turned herself into authorities after a Houston County grand jury indicted her for allegedly stealing more than $60,000 from two Crockett businesses via outright theft or fraud.
Afton Hartt, 42, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony theft between $30,000 and $150,000 and state-jail felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000.
According to a press release from the Crockett Police Department, the grand jury indictments came after CPD detectives investigated two separate cases involving the theft of money at local businesses.
The first theft report came after a new owner took over the town's Allstate Insurance Company. The business' management told the Crockett PD detectives that Hartt had stolen money from clients while she was working there as the office manager, the press release stated.
During their investigation, the detectives learned that Hartt had stolen about $47,921.31 from clients with insurance policies with Allstate Insurance Company.
While the Crockett Police Department was investigating the Allstate case, Hartt was employed with Check n' Go, a check cashing and loan service. After the police department received a report of fraud occurring at that business, further investigation revealed that Hartt was using information from her customers and opening loans under fictitious names for her personal use, the press release stated.
The CPD detectives found that Harrt had opened multiple loans totaling about $14,000, the press release stated. The loans were allegedly opened with fictitious names, stolen checking account information, stolen pay stubs, and residential information.