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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003
    In heels

    TX - Deputy convicted of ripping off Toys for Tots

    HOUSTON -- A state district judge has sentenced a Harris County sheriff’s deputy who was convicted of theft in what prosecutors said was a scam to convince donors that their contributions would be given to a children’s toy program.

    Prosecutors say Ed Christensen pocketed money intended for the Toys for Tots program.
    Ed Christensen, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, was found guilty of theft between $1,500 and $20,000.

    Judge Don Stricklin sentenced Christensen to four years’ probation. He had already told Christensen to resign his post as union president and to stay away from union headquarters.

    Christensen, an ex-Marine who has called the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program his “favorite charity,” had full knowledge of the scam, prosecutor Russel Turbeville told the Houston Chronicle in Tuesday’s editions.

    When 11 News first reported on the investigation, the 51-year-old deputy denied the accusations, saying telemarketers and their subcontractors hired to raise money duped him and the union.

    The Toys for Tots program had not given the union permission to use its name.

    Burt Springer, Christensen’s attorney, said after the verdict and sentence that he would appeal. The union’s general counsel said he expected Christensen to be fired from the Sheriff’s Department soon because of the conviction.

    Turbeville said that between 1998 and 2000, the alleged scheme netted about $350,000.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Wellington, FL
    That is just wrong. That's right up there with stealing from the collection plate.
    "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Mark Twain


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