University Police: TAMU Worker Steals $74K by Creating Fake Employee

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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - Texas A&M University Police say a former A&M worker has been arrested after allegedly stealing more than $74,000 since 2009 by creating a fake employee position.

In a statement sent Friday, police say Wanda Jean Romero was arrested for theft after an A&M system Internal Audit found Romero had created a non-affiliated student worker position and was electronically depositing funds into a personal bank account.

The University says Romero was employed with the Texas A&M University Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) – supporting the Department of Aerospace Engineering under the title of Business Coordinator II. Investigators say Romero stole approximately $74,601 since May of 2009. Romero was terminated in September of last year, though a reason for that termination was not made clear in an initial media release.

Investigators say they obtained a warrant for Romero’s arrest on Thursday, and the following day Romero turned herself in at the Brazos County Jail. Her bond was set at $8,000. She has since been released.