Thirty seven Eloise Guerrero Mireles, formerly employed as an administrative assistant at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is facing serious felony charges for theft allegedly committed in her line of duty.
Mireles reportedly worked for the DA’s office from 1993 until August 20th of this year. At the time of the alleged thefts she worked in the victim/witness division of the office. As this article from the Houston Chronicle details, it is not known if she was fired or quit.
A warrant has been issued in the case bur Mireles has yet to be served. The charges against her include theft by a public servant. If convicted she could face 6 months to 2 years in prison and fines of $10,000.
Apparently Mireles is accused of pocketing 3 money orders of $1,000 each and depositing one of them into her own bank account. The money orders were from convicted offenders who were ordered to pay restitution to their victims.
Theft by a public servant can be considered more serious than theft by a regular citizen simply because, as a public servant, you are in a position of trust.
Theft charges a frequently seen in the Texas criminal courts. As a matter of fact, the restitution collected by Mireles herself may have been from someone convicted of theft and sentenced to repay their victims.
The potential sentence you could face for a theft conviction depends on the value of the items, services, or money that is taken. For instance, if it involves less than $50 it is only a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by less than $500 in fines.
However, if the theft is valued at more than $200,000 it is considered a 1st degree felony. This charge carries a potential sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. You can see from these charges just how serious a theft conviction can be.
If you are facing theft charges and are unsure of your next move, make your next move a phone call to my offices. Call today for a free consultation on your case.