SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Shelby County grand jury has indicted Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Jenny Hicks for felony theft and abuse of official capacity charges in connection with allegations that she misappropriated $6,685 in traffic fines paid to the city of Tenaha.
Jenny Hicks was booked into the Shelby County Jail on a third-degree felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000 charge and a state-jail felony abuse of official capacity charge. She has since paid bail on a collective bond amount of $12,500 and has been released from the jail.
The Shelby County grand jury indicted Hicks on the two felony charges during its July term, and the indictments were filed with the Shelby County District Clerk's Office on Aug. 1.
According to the text of the indictments East Texas News obtained Friday, Hicks stole $6,685 from the City of Tenaha on or before Jan. 1, 2017. The charge was upgraded to a third-degree felony because Hicks was serving as the municipal judge for the City of Tenaha at that point.
The text of the abuse of official capacity charge states that Hicks "did then and there, with intent to obtain a benefit or intent to harm or defraud another, intentionally or knowingly misuse government property, services, personnel, or any other thing of value belonging to the government."
Hicks has been serving as the Pct. 4 justice of the peace for Shelby County. Shelby County Today reported that Hicks had recently been suspended from her justice of the peace duties.