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The Hideaway Lake Club reveals details about investigation

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is investigating an employee of the Hideaway Lake community for possibly taking kickbacks.

The Hideaway Board of Directors held a meeting tonight at their clubhouse in Smith County, just northwest of Tyler, to discuss the investigation.

We started hearing about the investigation after the Smith County Sheriff's Office was seen searching the Hideaway Lake administration building on July 29th.

The affidavit for the search warrant shows detectives were searching the building for evidence of an employee stealing from the club. It also shows the Hideaway Lake board president, Bud Wilson, and the board's vice president, Jerry Troon, told the Smith County Sheriff's Office about kickbacks being paid to one of the club's employees.

The affidavit states invoices for a tree vendor at the club were filed for trees he never cut.

In the affidavit the vendor says he was paying the club's maintenance supervisor, Chris Meador, and one of Meador's friends kickbacks for cutting trees.

The vendor says he started paying a 20% kickback to the men back in 2011, and that increased to a 50% kickback in 2013. He says on several occasions the men came with him to cash his check and immediately requested their share of the money.

The affidavit shows the invoices for the former tree vendor were always signed by Meador or the club's general manager, Dennis Godoy.

The board's vice president says when he started investigating the kickbacks, Godoy cut off all access to their invoices and records.

The affidavit states the club's assistant general manager heard about the kickbacks and told Godoy. She states Godoy never did anything about it.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is still investigating this case and the board says Sheriff Larry Smith confirmed the FBI is involved.

Residents at the meeting did not want to go on camera but said they just wanted justice to be served.

This is not the first time an employee of Hideaway Lake Club has been under investigation.

In 2005, Fonda Reeves, a member of the Hideaway Lake Club office staff, was found guilty of stealing more than $425,000 from the club.

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