HOUSTON (March 21, 2014) Harris County sheriff's Deputy Jason Henry Hayes, 33, has been fired and is facing charges after authorities say he stole money he was supposed to have confiscated and held as evidence.
Hayes, who was fired Thursday, is charged with theft by a public servant and tampering with evidence.
Hayes began working as a Harris County deputy in 2004, and was most recently assigned to a game room task force.
Authorities say an internal affairs investigation was started after allegations that Hayes took money during a February raid on an illegal game room.
Officials did not say how much money was taken.
Carson Joachim, an attorney for the Harris County Deputies' Organization, says the allegations announced Friday must still be reviewed, but says Hayes is entitled to the same legal protections afforded any citizen.