Woman on probation for embezzlement may soon be sent to jail

Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 10:39 PM CST
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A year ago, a Pottsboro woman was sentenced to 10 years probation after embezzling over $100,000 from a local fishing guide service. Now she could be headed to jail.

Prosecutors asked a judge Tuesday morning to revoke her probation in February if she doesn't pay up.

Back in 2018 Christina Moody was ordered to pay $1,500 a month until she paid back the stolen $105,000. That kept her out of jail, but the employer she ripped off says she's only paid a fraction of what she owes.

Bill Carey says he heard from the District Attorney's office Tuesday morning about the motion to revoke Moody's probation.

"He calls me at 9:00 this morning and he says 'you gonna be in court at 10?' and I said 'no, when, 10:30?' and he said 'come on, it's a revocation' and I went 'ok'," recalled Carey.

Carey has been a striper guide for over 30 years, and owns Striper Express.

"It's a big shock, we're a small company you don't expect to be stolen from. And while I was having back surgeries, it happened, and you see it happen everyday," said Carey.

He hired Christina Moody as secretary in 2015. She had only worked for Carey for a few months before she was caught forging checks. Carey didn't press charges the first time, but found her stealing again just 6 months later.

"Believe it or not when I caught her I cried. I felt so stupid. How could I let this happen again? And I cried. My wife thought somebody died," said Carey.

The funds were from a FEMA SBA disaster loan. Moody stole $105,000. Carey is making payments on those stolen funds. He says so far, she's only paid him around $1,000.

"I will be making an $800 a month payment until I'm 94 years old. But the Grayson County District Attorney isn't gonna let that happen," said Carey.

Carey was told by the DA's office there will be a final revocation hearing in February; Moody's last chance to pay restitution. Carey says there was no dollar amount set for that hearing. He hopes she will at least pay what is owed from the last 20 months, since her sentencing, which totals about $30,000. If she fails to make payments, she will be sent to prison.

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