Waco: City Employee Charged In Theft Of Missing Parks And Rec Funds

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A City of Waco employee was free on bond Wednesday after he was arrested and charged in connection with the theft of public funds.

Nelson Scott Washington (Jail photo)

WACO (January 16, 2013)--An employee of the City of Waco's Parks and Recreation Department was free on bond Wednesday after he was arrested and charged with two counts of theft over $1,500.

Nelson Scott Washington, 59, posted the $7,000 bond and was released Tuesday morning, according to McLennan County Jail records.

Washington turned himself in at the county jail Monday afternoon after a Waco police detective called him to tell him two warrants for his arrest had been issued in connection the disappearance of funds from the parks department, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Swanton said police began an investigation into the missing funds after an internal auditor discovered discrepancies in at least two deposits of funds to the department's account.

Swanton said the auditor discovered two instances, one involving almost $2,100 and the other $2,800, in which funds that should have been deposited were evidently converted to cash and could not be accounted for.

Swanton said one of the incidents happened in October and the other in December of last year.

Washington, who police say was the employee responsible for depositing department funds, has been with the city for more than 15 years, City of Waco records show.

City officials would not discuss Washington's status citing a policy not to disclose personnel matters.

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