Mount Pleasant police: Crime Stoppers treasurer made fake tips, kept reward money

Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 1:14 PM CDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) - Mount Pleasant police have arrested the former North East Texas Area Crime Stoppers treasurer who is accused of stealing $34,000 from the account.

Arrest records state he did so by creating false tips to Crime Stoppers and writing checks to himself.

Charles Sawyer, 63, is charged with theft between $30,000 and $150,000. He was arrested on the charge Tuesday and posted a $10,000 bond on Wednesday.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Crime Stoppers representative told police that on July 11, 2017, checks began to bounce on the bank account after Sawyer, who was the treasurer, had abruptly resigned from the position.

The affidavit states Sawyer was providing Crime Stoppers with fraudulent financial records to the organization and the correct records to the State of Texas.

"It was found that Charles had been creating false tips to crime stoppers and writing checks to himself," the affidavit states.

Police obtained a warrant for Sawyer's arrest on Tuesday.

The affidavit states Sawyer had been treasurer since 2006 and there was evidence he was in financial trouble. It also states he was contacted on March 1 by police and said he would not talk without his attorney present. According to the affidavit, police were not contacted by Sawyer or his attorney as of Monday.

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