A Texarkana woman who worked as a clerk for a local judge has been arrested for allegedly stealing fines paid to a local Judge’s office.
According to Bowie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeff Nea on April 10, 2015 Judge Steven Young contacted the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office and filed a theft report with Investigator Robby McCarver. Judge Young reported that Judge Patrick James’ Office had been transferred to his and shortly afterwards discrepancies were discovered in the accounting practices of Judge James’ clerk Lori Ann Brown.
According to Neal Ms. Brown who is 29 years of age of Texarkana was found to have been collecting fines owed to Judge James’ Office, providing receipts generated outside of Bowie County’s Record Management System known as Odyssey and never entering the collected fines in Odyssey. An investigation was able to determine that at least $4,448.00 collected by Ms. Brown was never deposited.
Brown was arrested for theft over $1500 and under $20,000 on Friday and booked into Bi-State Jail. Judge Talley set bond at $25,000.