Two former Royse City municipal court employees were indicted by a Rockwall grand jury March 29 for allegedly stealing approximately $36,800 from the court.

Glenda Harrell, 67 of Rockwall County is charged with theft between $20,000 to $100,000 by a public servant for allegedly stealing $23,109 from October 2002 through September 2005 while she worked as municipal court clerk for the City of Royse City, said Sgt. Jim Baker of the Royse City Police Department.

Her daughter, Jennifer M. Hamilton, 31 of Royse City is charged with theft between $1,500 and $20,000 by a public servant. Hamilton allegedly stole $13,693 from the Royse City Municipal Court from September 2004 through October 2005, Baker said. Hamilton worked for the City of Royse City as an assistant municipal court clerk with her mother, who had worked there for many years.

“They were taking cash payments from certain citations, such as a person driving with no insurance, and would mark them as dismissed in the computer,” Baker said.

The person who was issued a citation would pay for their citation fee, and Harrell and Hamilton allegedly would issue the cited person a paper receipt that was compiled manually.

A part-time municipal court employee noticed a discrepancy when she discovered a check made out to the City of Royse City for approximately $200 lying in a drawer in the court, Baker said. The employee also discovered a receipt for the check that had been marked as paid but the citation was listed as dismissed in the court’s computer, according to Baker.

“When we do have these kind of problems we take care of them. We don’t sweep them under the rug. It’s sad this casts a shadow on all of the good and honest city employees who are working hard for the residents,” Baker said.

The women no longer are employed with the city, said City Clerk Brenda Craft. The court no longer manually processed receipts for citations so that the theft isn’t repeated, Baker said.

The two women surrendered themselves to the Rockall County Jail on April 10 and were released the same day.

Harrell’s charge is a second degree felony. If convicted, she could serve two to 20 years in prison and may have to pay a $10,000 fine. Hamilton’s charge is a third degree felony. If convicted, she could serve two to 10 years in prison and may have to pay a $10,000 fine.

Baker said he hopes that if the women are convicted that their punishment will be restitution so that the city may recover the lost funds.

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