Social services worker in Texas stole from clients

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A social services worker in Southeast Texas serving as a guardian to help people manage their money has pleaded guilty to felony theft.

The Galveston County Daily News ( ) reported Wednesday that 47-year-old Sylvia Ann Villarreal of Hitchcock faces up to 20 years in prison. The penalty phase begins in August for Villarreal, who pleaded guilty Monday.

Records show Villarreal worked for Galveston County’s guardianship program for nearly 15 years before she was fired in March 2010. She was later indicted on a charge of theft by public servant involving between $20,000 and $100,000 of funds since 2007.

The investigation began when a judge who appointed Villarreal to assist wards of the county noticed irregularities with their checking accounts.


Social services worker in Texas stole from clients
June 19, 2013
Houston Chronicle

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  • Beverly Williams Donias

    Thats what judges are suppose to do. Wonder how long she got away with it. Just sayn. I know a judge who never act on any of my complaints.They cover up abuse and negligence for the nursing homes. They protect the judges. What ever it takes to make money on the side. Darn sure know their not doing it for free.