Convicted Fate Secretary can pay City back with her retirement funds

By J.J. Smith. Convicted former City of Fate Secretary Sandra Lobban can use her retirement funds that the City paid her during her 20 years in that position to repay all or a portion of the $7,165.58 she stole and has now been sentenced to repay.

In other words, she can repay what she stole with dollars that were paid to her by taxpayers and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

According to Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper,  “the Texas Constitution does not allow for the garnishment of wages, including retirement benefits, for any purpose except for the enforcement of court-ordered child support payments or spousal maintenance.”

Fate City Manager Vicki Mikel there is no way of knowing how much money she deposited into her Texas Municipal Retirement System account before she retired in June, 2008, because the account records are private information.

That’s the same reason that financial information cannot be obtained from the Rockwall County Probation office or District Clerk to learn if Lobban has yet repaid all or any of the amount she must repay.

There is no further evidence whether she stole more money before 2007 while she was recording financial records with pencil and paper because her handwritten records were such a mess, said Mikel, who helped discover the theft with Fate accounting clerk Stephanie Fouquette during the auditing process.

She was convicted last April of the third-degree felony of theft by a public servant of between $1,500 and $20,000 and sentenced by District Judge Brett Hall to five years probation plus the restitution.

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2 Responses for “Convicted Fate Secretary can pay City back with her retirement funds”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I believe the daily supervision of Ms. Loban’s was the responsibility of former City Manager, Gerry Boren. How on earth did it get past him as he worked with her on a daily bases? Sounds like maybe Mr. Boren did not have check & balance procedures in place.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Go figure, the citizens are paying and repaying for the, once again, lack of oversight by the city council!

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