WACO (June 28, 2013)—The Texas Rangers have opened an investigation into possible discrepancies in travel reimbursement reports submitted by McLennan County Pct. 7 Justice of the Peace E. Jean Laster Boone after former employees claimed Boone told them to falsify the mileage on the documents, District Attorney Abel Reyna confirmed Friday.
“The Texas Rangers have officially begun an investigation into the actions of Judge E. Jean Laster Boone. The District Attorney’s office will assist, when needed, but otherwise I will await their results,” Reyna said in a brief statement late Friday afternoon.
Reyna asked the Rangers to review the records earlier this month after former employees claimed Boone told them to falsify the mileage on the documents.
Boone can claim as much as $360 a month in reimbursement for use of her personal vehicle on county business and is paid by the mile.
Documents obtained 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 has 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.
Chambers said he turned those over to the Texas Rangers, as well.
Boone has not commented on the allegations and calls to her office Friday afternoon were not answered.