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Patsy Ritchey among 37 indicted
Patsy Lynn Ritchey
Wilson County NewsJuly 24, 2013 3,646 views 2 comments
A former La Vernia insurance agent is among 37 defendants headed toward an Aug. 6 arraignment, following two indictments handed down July 12 by a Wilson County grand jury.
Patsy Lynne Ritchey, 54, was arrested July 16 at her home in Nacogdoches, according to Assistant District Attorney Audrey Louis of the 81st Judicial District. Texas Ranger Troy Wilson arrested Patsy Ritchey, the former treasurer of the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce. La Vernia police Chief Bruce Ritchey -- no relation to the accused -- accompanied him.
Patsy Ritchey was booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail, where records indicate she was released the next day after posting a total bond of $27,500. According to a copy of the first indictment, which was released by the Wilson County District Clerk’s Office, Ritchey is charged with theft of property worth more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 and with misapplication of fiduciary property. It alleges that Ritchey, over a three-year span, took a total of $89,386.29 that belonged to the greater chamber and deposited it into an account for her business, the Patsy Ritchey Insurance Agency. The agency, up until April 18, was affiliated with Farmers Insurance.
The second indictment charges Ritchey with theft of property worth more than $1,500 but less than $20,000. It relates to an alleged theft from Phenix Architectural Woodwork Corp. that occurred on or about Dec. 7, 2010. Louis said this occurred when Patsy Ritchey allegedly accepted an approximate $1,800 check from Phenix, which the company mistakenly wrote to the greater chamber, following an event. The funds never were transferred to the rightful party, who later contacted Phenix about the unpaid balance.
Also indicted July 12 were Malcolm Brietzke, Cameron Hoagland, and Jordan Morris, all of whom were charged with theft of livestock from the elderly. This is related to a March 27 incident in Fairview -- located near the Atascosa County line -- where two cows and two calves were stolen. Hoagland and Brietzke were arrested May 10 on similar charges related to an incident that occurred in Bexar County on or about April 16.
For their Wilson County charges -- which carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, if convicted -- each was assessed a bond of $5,000.
Other indictments included Basilio Garcia and an alleged accomplice, who is still at large. Both men are charged with possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility and possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance in Penalty Group I. Louis said these charges were the result of an investigation by the Texas Rangers, following a May 26 incident in the Wilson County Jail.
Louis said the two men were part of the jail’s trusty program, and that they allegedly had obtained methamphetamine, which was used in a shop located on the jail property.
Garcia, who still is being held in the jail on his earlier charge, now is being held in default of $50,000 bond on the new charge. Officials have not released the name of his alleged accomplice, pending his arrest.
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