McLennan County Justice of the Peace Jean Laster Boone. (File photo by John Carroll)
WACO (October 13, 2013)--McLennan County Pct. 7 Justice of the Peace E. Jean Laster Boone, 59, who was charged last month with tampering with government records in a case involving allegations of falsified mileage reports, plans to resign, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna confirmed Sunday.
"JP Laster Boone submitted a letter to my office indicating her intention to resign the week of October 21st, in order to provide commissioners opportunity to begin to fill her position,” Reyna said in a brief statement.
The letter was submitted Friday, he said.
Boone was arrested on Sept. 20 after a closed-door meeting with Texas Rangers and Pct. 1 Pl. 2 Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson at the McLennan County Courthouse and was later released on a $2,500 bond.
The Texas Rangers obtained an arrest warrant for her arrest following an investigation that started this summer into possible discrepancies in the travel reimbursement reports that Boone’s office submitted.
In June, Reyna asked the Rangers to review the records after former employees claimed Boone told them to falsify the mileage on the documents.
Rangers later questioned the employees, who confirmed the incidents, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Boone can claim a maximum of $360 a month in reimbursement for use of her personal vehicle on county business and is paid by the mile.
The affidavit said one of the former employees told Rangers Boone directed employees “to figure out the miles so she could get the maximum amount.”
“Basically all the mileage was made up and the Judge did not provide any information on her car or the actual miles driven,” the affidavit said.
Documents obtained earlier by News 10 show that the mileage reports she's submitted for the past year almost all add up to exactly $360 each month.
In several cases, the final odometer reading that Laster reported at the end of the month was as much as 1,000 miles more than the starting reading that appeared on the next month's report.
County Auditor Stan Chambers received copies of e-mails from Laster to the now-former employees directing the workers to prepare daily mileage reports without any proof the miles were actually driven and said he turned those over to the Texas Rangers, as well.