Police: Paralegal stole more than $37K from Longview regulation organization | Police

A Kilgore female is accused of thieving additional than $37,000 above a two-year interval as a paralegal at a Longview law agency.

Rebecca Sue Williams, 39, was arrested by Gregg County sheriff’s deputies Jan. 27 at her home in Kilgore and charged with felony theft of property in between $30,000 and $150,000.

She was later on booked into the Gregg County Jail in which she was held Thursday on $20,000 bond. The arrest warrant was issued Oct. 8.

According to a criminal complaint. Longview police commenced investigating in Oct 2019 when Charles Connolly, a attorney at a follow previously 113 E. Tyler St. in Longview, contacted law enforcement to report the theft.

Connolly experienced hired Williams as a paralegal.

In between June 26, 2017, and Feb. 4, 2019, Williams allegedly stole at the very least $37,000 by forging enterprise checks and withholding some of the deposit funds, according to court files.

On Nov. 4, 2019, law enforcement contacted Connolly, and Connolly reported he would like to press fees in opposition to Williams.

“He stated very little on the trustee account was ever permitted,” court docket files reported. “He reported no checks were being allowed, that ended up published out to her, in addition to her wage.”

On July 17, 2020, law enforcement spoke with Williams at her residence in Kilgore and asked her if she realized why the officer was talking with her.

“Williams reported, ‘I took cash from him,’ ” courtroom documents explained. “She mentioned she wrote checks for the firm, and she would produce checks to herself sometimes if she needed to pay a invoice that she did not have. She stated she understood it was erroneous at the time, but she could not prevent performing it even though she understood it was wrong for the reason that it was just her and her kid and she did not want to shed all the things.”

She stated that she instructed Connolly about the theft and “came clean to him about it,” according to court paperwork.

Williams explained the volume of money taken as “quite a bit” and told law enforcement that the total Connolly calculated was “way more” than what she believed she had taken. She afterwards estimated that above the two-calendar year span, it was about $20,000 or $30,000, the legal criticism said.

Williams told police that she begun creating checks when she was driving on her automobile payments and her hire.

“She stated when she started battling she made a terrible final decision,” the felony grievance claimed. “She explained she did not have sufficient revenue to spend her expenditures, so she started out paying out her payments out of his account. She stated that she could not end for the reason that it was effortless.”

No courtroom date has been established.