Waco: City Employee Indicted In Theft Of Parks Department Funds

A longtime City of Waco employee was named in a two-count indictment Wednesday in the theft of nearly $5,000 from the city’s parks department.

Nelson Scott Washington (Jail photo)

WACO (June 26, 2013)--An employee of the City of Waco's Parks and Recreation Department who was arrested in January and charged with two counts of theft over $1,500 was named in an indictment Wednesday charging two counts of theft of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000 by a public servant.

Nelson Scott Washington, 59, remains free on $7,500 bond.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick 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 2012 and the other in December 2012.

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.

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