By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — A San Jacinto County woman was indicted by a grand jury in connection with the theft of more than $25,000 from the Coldspring Dixie Youth League over the course of several years.
Lt. Charles Dougherty Detective said that a true bill for a charge of theft of property of more than $2,500 but less than $30,000 was returned on Deborah Christy Hamilton, 46, of Coldspring, on Sept. 30.
Hamilton was the former president of the league, serving between 2017 and 2019, when the thefts were alleged to have occurred.
Dougherty said the case was brought some time ago after it was reported by an umpire; the umpire went to a board meeting and questioned why a uniform vendor wasn’t paid.
“He asked questions, but no one had any answers,” Dougherty said. “He started digging and found that over $20,000 was missing.”
Professional audits were ordered, and then all information was given to Sheriff’s Office, he said.
According to case files, during the time Hamilton was president, funds for the league were used at restaurants and other businesses and wasn’t accounted for. Dougherty said that the grand jury felt that since Hamilton was president, she was responsible, and returned the indictment.
The charge of theft of property of more than $2,500 but less than $30,000 is state jail felony, punishable by up to two years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.