LIBERTY, TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — An East Texas jailer has been charged with stealing hundreds of dollars from inmates who surrendered the cash when booked.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Mayra Gallegos-Balderas surrendered herself Tuesday on a theft of property warrant and freed on a personal recognizance bond.
Gallegos-Balderas worked for GEO Group, which is the private company that contracts with the county to operate the county jail, since October of 2018.
According to a statement issued by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Gallegos-Balderas stands charged with theft of property of $750 to $2500 which totaled to the amount of $1,478.
The charge typically would be a misdemeanor. However, Gallegos-Balderas was a public servant and the money came into her possession while acting in the capacity of her duties. The degree of her charge enhanced to a state felony.
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