A former city employee has been charged and arrested for stealing portions of cash utility payments. Olga Chavez, 51, has been charged with theft of between $20,000 and $100,000, which is a third-degree felony. She turned herself into the Collin County Sheriff’s Office and her bond has been set at $50,000.
According to the McKinney Police Department, the City of McKinney Finance Department recently discovered some unusual transactions involving cash payments made to the Utility Billing department. The police investigated the transactions and determined that a city employee was keeping portions of residential customers’ cash payments for utilities. The employee would then adjust the customer’s residential account to hide the theft.
“When a city employee abuses the public trust of any kind, we take that extremely seriously. The extent of the alleged criminal activity and subterfuge in this case is particularly disturbing,” said City Manager Jason Gray. “When we became aware of the possible theft, we took steps to aggressively investigate and notified the Police Department immediately. We are working diligently to put additional controls in place to prevent its repetition.”
The McKinney Police said that no customer accounts were negatively affected by the theft and that the investigation will continue.