Howard County Employee Under Investigation

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - Jamie Weaver, who was the secretary for the Howard County Judge, was fired on Thursday. She's under investigation after money came up missing from the county's hot check fund.

According to the District Attorney, auditors found around $5,000 missing from the fund and some tampered records several weeks ago.

They immediately contacted the DA's office to investigate after the irregularities were tracked back to an employee.

The DA says they are still investigating and have asked for help with the investigation.

"We are still in the process of conducting an investigation but through my office and with the cooperation of Texas Rangers, to try to come to an effective conclusion and do a criminal prosecution of the person who took the money and distorted the records," District Attorney, Hardy Wilkerson, said.

The District Attorneys office is still gathering information but the person responsible could face a 3rd degree felony and 2-10 years in prison with a 10,000 dollar fine.

NewsWest 9 spoke with Howard County Judge Mark Barr and he didn't want to comment on camera until the investigation is completed but he did say that the county is doing everything they can to get the matter resolved.

It is important to note, no charges have been filed against Weaver at this time.

NewsWest 9 also contacted Weaver's attorney and he says she is innocent and didn't take the money. We'll continue to follow this story and bring you any new developments.