Gregg County Sheriff's warrant deputies today arrested a former Gregg County Justice of the Peace Clerk who worked at Judge Sam Lawson's office until she resigned late last week. The former clerk surrendered at the Sheriff's office today.
Sheriff's investigators and Texas Rangers initiated a criminal investigation after documents were discovered that indicated Dale Donna Wallace aka Donna Bradley Wallace tampered with governmental records with the intent to defraud or harm Gregg County, Texas.
"What warranted this investigation was developed through a background employment investigation being done by a Texas Department of Public Safety Supervisor in Longview," said Lieutenant Mike Claxton.
Wallace had been employed by Gregg County since October 2006. "Our investigation revealed that Wallace used an altered form of identification with knowledge that its falsity as a genuine governmental record to gain employment with Gregg County and to defraud the Social Security Administration," Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said today.
Lieutenant Claxton said that Wallace was in the process of applying for a lateral transfer county position at the Longview DPS office when the activity was discovered. Investigator Cecil Shelton and Texas Ranger Ronny Griffith conducted an investigation and a criminal complaint charging Wallace with Tampering with a Governmental Record was issued by the Gregg County Criminal District Attorney's Office. Afterwards an arrest warrant was generated through the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Office.
Tampering with a Governmental Record is a third degree felony, punishable upon a conviction by 2 to 10 years in State prison and a fine. "Although this crime is filed in a State setting, obviously there may be federal statue violations," Claxton said. Investigators are in contact with the Federal Health and Human Services agency.
Wallace attended an arraignment hearing after her surrender in the Justice Court of Judge BH Jameson. Jameson set bond on Wallace at $ 5,000.00.
Cathryn Khalil, reporting. email@example.com.
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