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Ritchey gets 28-year prison sentence

Ritchey gets 28-year prison sentence
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at — Patsy Lynne Ritchey (center) is escorted back to her cell in the Wilson County Jail Jan. 14 by attorney Jennifer Dillingham and Deputy Santiago “Jimmy” Morales of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, after she pled guilty to various theft charges and was sentenced to prison.

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Wilson County News
January 14, 2015, 1:13pm

Patsy Lynne Ritchey could be 83 years old before she again experiences freedom. The 55-year-old former insurance agent and former Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce treasurer is headed to a state prison, following her guilty pleas Jan. 14 to various charges.

Assistant District Attorney Audrey Louis said that if Ritchey is paroled, the state would pursue restitution. Ritchey admitted to stealing a combined total of more than $510,000 from her victims.

As part of her plea bargain agreement, Ritchey pled guilty to more than one count of theft of property related to her tenure as the treasurer of the Greater La Vernia Chamber of Commerce and her now- defunct Patsy Ritchey Insurance Agency in La Vernia -- for which she was sentenced to 28 years in a state prison.

For more, read the Jan. 21 edition of the Wilson County News.

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Wes Becknell  
La Vernia, TX  
January 22, 2015 9:05am
It is easy to takes shots at a group in hindsight and behind a screen name Ben Blizzard. We at the Greater Chamber are a bunch of volunteers, and we, like many people in our community, trusted her. When I asked for bank statements... More ›

January 20, 2015 10:04am
What about a civil suit? Sueing her personally - at least you can recover $5000.00 or loss. Puts a lien on her property.

Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
January 20, 2015 9:40am
Do the Math... Actual estimates are >$2M. Prison Ratios for good behavior >6:1...She'll be out in <5 years. Would you sacrifice 4-5 years of your life for a $2M payout?

January 16, 2015 5:33pm
Catfish I think most of the money was from the investment side of the business. Not sure about Farmers but I have a retirement annuity with a company known more for insurance.

Mr. Tibbs  
January 16, 2015 9:50am
where's the 500k ?

Kicaster Creek  
January 16, 2015 6:43am
If one paid for insurance which was never activated but they had no reason to file a claim, where is the loss ? Just curious. Does anyone know of any instances of Farmers not paying a claim or of anyone being charged for... More ›

north pole  
January 15, 2015 10:07pm
B T W....... the brain trust (pardon the oxymoron) of the Greater LV Chamber needs to share some responsibility for the losses suffered by that organization because they obviously neglected to use due diligence in the oversight... More ›

north pole  
January 15, 2015 9:51pm
Earmers Insurance needs to step up and make things right with the customers who were bilked by this bimbo. Should the corporate powers that be choose to do anything less than make their former customers whole and do so quickly,... More ›

Law West of the Pecos  
January 15, 2015 8:24pm
Very well said, Ms. Williams. She looks good in orange, don't you think? Someone needs to wipe that smirk off her face.

Kimberly Williams  
La Vernia, TX  
January 15, 2015 7:29pm
I am one of those Farmers Insurance customers from whom she stole THOUSANDS of dollars. I gave all my paperwork to Farmers to figure out exactly how much she stole and even they can't figure it out! So, now I must try and... More ›

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