Former Arts Council CEO arrested for credit card abuse

Published: May. 7, 2019 at 4:56 PM CDT
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The former CEO of the Arts Council of Brazos Valley has been formally charged with two cases of credit card abuse.

Sylvia McMullen was booked into and released from the Brazos County Jail Tuesday on $10,000 bond.

The credit card abuse charges stem from a case involving McMullen while she was employed at the Arts Council. Representatives from the Arts Council said McMullen misused a credit card in December 2018.

McMullen told KBTX in January that she made a mistake in using the Arts Council’s American Express card for personal purchases, but wrote a check for the full amount to reimburse the organization.

Representatives from the Arts Council painted a different picture of the situation in January. Those representatives say McMullen misused the card and that it was discovered after some internal checks and balances.

McMullen originally offered her resignation from the Arts Council on January 11, but rescinded the resignation on January 14. Two days later, the Arts Council said in a statement that their board had voted to end McMullen’s employment on January 16.

College Station Police became involved in the case in early January, and told KBTX on March 18 that the case had been passed to the Brazos County District Attorney’s office.

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