A former College Station court administrator has been arrested and charged with theft.
Carol Arnold, 56, is accused of stealing $25,024.40 from the College Station Municipal Court.
According to court documents, investigators identified 61 instances since 2005, where Arnold would void out cash transactions and pocket the money.
City officials identified four areas were they believe that Arnold had committed theft. Court documents state, "Turney (Cheryl Turney, College Station Assistant Finance Director) stated that there were numerous instances where Arnold had violated citation transactions and stolen the cash payments between 5/19/2005 through 1/14/11. They also identified that Arnold had taken cash from Red Light Camera program payments from 3/28/2008 through 3/24/2010. Turney further indicated that there were 10 instances where it appeared Arnold had taken cash that had come in for re-payment on citations that had previously been paid with Non-sufficient funds (NSF) checks. The NSF transactions occurred between 1/19/2006 and 2/27/2009. Finally, Turney informed us of a multitude of transactions where Arnold expunged cases, without any court order, before funds were ever collected from the defendants."
Investigators say Arnold admitted to the crime, saying the thefts had only been happening for a few months. She allegedly said she was taking the money to pay medical bills because her husband had cancer.
Arnold was fired in February after the Brazos County District Attorney's Office informed College Station of a probe into alleged theft of municipal court funds.
She was first hired by the city in 1984 and worked in the accounting department. Then in 2004, she became the city's court administrator, the position she held until February.
Among her duties in that role were record-keeping and overseeing the collection of fines, bonds and fees.
The City of College Station is seeking restitution from Carol Arnold for her alleged involvement in this theft.