WACO (October 8, 2012)--The McLennan County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed charges against two people in connection with the prosecution of the county’s former tax assessor-collector, A.F. "Buddy" Skeen.
Charges against Dorothy Ramos, and Rick Rapson were dropped last week "in the interest of justice", said Michael; Jarrett, first assistant district attorney.
"After a full review of the case we don't believe there was any criminal intent (on either Ramos or Rapson's part)," Jarrett said.
Ramos, a top deputy in the tax assessor-collector's office, was indicted in April for abuse of official capacity stemming from the alleged personal use of the Expedition.
The McLennan County Grand Jury in March returned a sealed indictment naming Rapson, a car dealership finance officer, for forgery and giving a false name and false information in connection with the tax fraud case.
Ramos testified for the state at Skeen's trial, during which Skeen elected to change his plea to guilty after testimony had begun.
Skeen later pleaded guilty to more charges and was sentenced to probation and 180 days in state jail, and ordered to pay a fine and restitution.
Skeen resigned his office the day he changed his plea to guilty.
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