HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has charged a clerk at a justice of the peace office with abuse of official capacity in the midst of a theft investigation at the office, according to Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.
Dana Lynne Work, 51, of Palestine, was booked into jail on Monday. She posted a $8,500 bond the same day.
Hillhouse said Work worked as a clerk at the justice of the peace precinct 4 office.
Hillhouse said the theft investigation is continuing.
According to an arrest affidavit, Work stole eight cash payments and deposits totaling $3,458. The affidavit states the investigation began after an officer interviewed Work about her taking deposits and using the money to pay her own bills.
Work allegedly took cash payments of $265, $265, and $435 and deposits in the amounts of $397, $181, $117, $472, and $1,326.
When the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy talked to Work in a non-custodial interview, she said that when she got the money back, she would complete the deposit to pay the money back, the affidavit stated.
During the interview, HCSO chief deputy also went over charges that Work had voided or reversed while she was working as a clerk. Work allegedly replied thee was no reason for her to be reversing charges on a debit card, check, or money order and “could not offer an explanation as to why she had done so.”
“Dana advised that when the internet was down, she would give a written receipt to people,” the affidavit stated.
The chief deputy then told Work that the money has never been accounted for, the affidavit stated.
“Dana advised that she never took money from people, but could only offer the explanation that the money was placed on the wrong account numerous times,” the affidavit stated.
Later in the investigation, Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Milton Adams told law enforcement that he had been getting reports that people had paid cash to Work on numerous occasions, but their fines were not removed from the system, the affidavit stated.