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October 31, 2012 | 2,112 views | 1 comment

Two women responsible for safeguarding public money are facing charges related to alleged mishandling of those funds. They are among 37 defendants to be indicted Oct. 26 by a Wilson County grand jury.

Former La Vernia Junior High School Principal Maria Elena Wildenstein is charged with misapplication by a fiduciary. The indictment alleges that she misapplied 23 separate checks totaling more than $20,000 but less than $100,000. Wildenstein’s bond is set at $25,000 and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Wildenstein’s alleged crimes -- which started on or about Oct. 14, 2010, and ended on or about June 26, 2011 -- involved writing checks from the school’s junior high activity account. Each check allegedly was issued “to a vendor for an unauthorized use of funds.”

In an unrelated case, Monica Olivo, a former employee of the Wilson County Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office, has been charged with theft by a public servant, totaling more than $20,000 but less than $100,000. According to the indictment, Olivo’s alleged crime occurred on or about Oct. 21, 2009. Her bond is set at $10,000, according to an arrest warrant.

Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office had arrested Olivo Feb. 20, 2010, and charged her with theft of property worth more than $20,000 but less than $100,000. At that time, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Johnie Deagen said Olivo allegedly took cash paid for vehicle registrations and voided other transactions in an attempt to balance her own accounting records.

The grand jury also indicted Benjie Burke III of Gilmer, charging him with intoxication manslaughter in relation to the Jan. 21 death of 30-year-old Justin Gregory Jones of Edmond, Okla. Burke’s bond is set at $75,000, according to his arrest warrant.

Jones was a passenger in Burke’s 2005 Honda Accord at approximately 4 a.m., when the two oil-field workers allegedly were traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of U.S. 181 near Shannon Ridge north of Floresville. Their vehicle collided with a 1996 Honda Accord driven by Joel Wayne Danruff of Muskogee, Okla., said Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Sgt. J. Ryan Christian following the incident.
 

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November 1, 2012 9:52am
 
Glad to see that La Vernia kids are going to get what they deserve. Hope the truth prevails in court and that they throw the book at the person responsible for stealing alot of money.

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