Christopher Eugene Meador (Source: Smith County Jail)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -
An employee at an East Texas private community was arrested Tuesday morning and the arrest affidavit is unveiling more details about his charge.
Former maintenance supervisor Chris Meador was arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing more than $7,000 from the club.
The arrest warrant affidavit states that the 44-year-old former employee falsified 17 invoices, taking kickbacks on work that was never done.
The affidavit states Meador made an illegal deal through a friend for an exclusive contract with local tree contractor James McBride. The deal reportedly started in 2011 and required 15% of earnings from work to go directly back to Meador. But in 2012, McBride reportedly complained to a resident that called for his service saying, "he was going to stop cutting trees at Hideaway because he was having to give 50% of the money he received as cash payment to Meador."
The resident reported the remark to the board who, after walking around the property to verify no work was actually done, reported it to the Smith County Sheriff's office.
A web search shows that all 17 reportedly falsified invoices link back to addresses that do not have homes on the property, typically wooded areas between homes instead.
According to the tree-cutter, because there were no trees in Hideaway Lake that needed to be cut, Meador falsified invoices for work that didn't need to be done.
"The invoices filed for work done and approved by Chris Meador were falsified," says the affidavit.
The affidavit also states that Meador provided the addresses for the properties where the falsified work was done. The affidavit goes on to say that the tree cutter told authorities that on at least one occasion, Meador rode to the bank with him so Meador could collect his share.
Hideaway Club Board President Bud Wilson alerted the Smith County Sheriff's office, which prompted the investigation. Back in June, multiple Smith County sheriff's deputies went into the Hideaway administration building with a search warrant, seizing boxes of financial records and invoices tied to the contract.
Wilson declined to comment on the investigation Wednesday, stating he is cooperating with the Smith County Sheriff's ongoing investigation.
Meador was released on a $10,000 bond Tuesday night.
Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:41:34 GMT
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