Wednesday, August 21, 2013
McKinney city employee arrested for theft
She allegedly kept portions of cash payments made to the utility billing department.
MCKINNEY An employee of the city of McKinney was recently arrested after unusual transactions involving cash payments were made to the utility billing department.
The McKinney Police Department investigated the activity and determined that a city employee had been keeping portions of cash payments and adjusting residential customer accounts to hide the theft. No customer accounts were negatively impacted.
Olga Chavez, 51, has been charged with theft, a third-degree felony. She has turned herself into the Collin County Sheriff's Office, and her bond is set at $50,000.
"When a city employee abuses the public trust of any kind, we take that extremely seriously," said City Manager Jason Gray. "The extent of the alleged criminal activity and subterfuge in this case is particularly disturbing. When we became aware of the possible theft, we took steps to aggressively investigate and notified the police department immediately. We are working diligently to put additional controls in place to prevent its repetition."
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