Central Texas Woman Indicted In Alleged Christmas Scam

A Central Texas woman has been indicted in an alleged Christmas scam in which donated toys were returned to a store for cash.

Misty Dawn Barrow (Jail photo)

WACO ( June 9, 2014 ) The Coryell County Grand Jury indicted a local woman on theft charges after residents say they were victims of a Christmas scam.

Misty Dawn Barrow, 35 of Gatesville, is charged with theft under $1,500 dollars.

Barrow is the co-founder of Gatesville Christmas Help, an organization created to give Christmas presents to needy children.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8230 in Gatesville was a big contributor to Barrow's foundation.

A VFW representative says in December 2013, Barrow asked the post for money, clothing, and toys to be given to the children, but Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd says a few days after Christmas, an investigation was launched in response to accusations that Barrow returned donated items to a Walmart store.

Police also obtained video surveillance of a woman returning those donated items to the store.

"Even though she did in fact purchase some toys with the resources that were given to her she did turn back around and she just returned them for the money,” he said.

Barrow has already been convicted of two theft charges.

This latest charge is classified as a felony and if convicted is punishable by as much as two years in state jail, Boyd said.

As the investigation continues and more victims come forward, the D.A. says additional charges could be filed.

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