She probably didn’t walk McGruff either: Former Dallas officer who ran — and stole from — Crime Stoppers pleads guilty to wire fraud, income tax evasion (DallasNews.com). More from an FBI press release:
Theodora Ross, 52, of Rowlett, Texas, and a former senior corporal with the Dallas Police Department, pleaded guilty this morning, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud stemming from her role as head of Dallas Crime Stoppers office and one count of willfully attempting to evade assessment of income taxes, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to plea documents filed in the case, beginning in February 2005 and continuing to May 2010, Ross and Delley conspired together to defraud the NTCC. Ross determined which tips would be presented to the NTCC for cash reward approval and prepared the list of Crime Stoppers cash rewards that were to be paid each month and sent the lists to JP Morgan Chase Bank. These lists contained both bogus tips that Ross had created as part of the scheme and legitimate cash reward tip numbers and code words. Ross provided the bogus tip information to Delley, who then presented that information to the bank and collected cash rewards. Afterwards, Delley, per Ross’ instructions, divided the cash with Ross.
That’s one way to make crime pay…
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Does that mean we can finally stop worrying about the Redcoats? Judge Wants Tax Increase To Defend Against (Possible) Civil War (TaxGrrrl):
In Lubbock County, Texas, there’s talk of a tax increase. The increase is to be 1.7 cents per $100 for the next fiscal year, boosting the rate to 34.6 cents from the current rate of 32.9458 cents.
The increases have been touted for a number of reasons. This week, on Fox TV, Lubbock County Judge Tom Head explained why he favors an increase. He wants additional funding to retain attorneys at the county level, expand the sheriff’s deputy staffing to decrease call times and minimize officer fatigue, prevent a civil war…
Interesting county they have there.