April 25, 2014

Hood County constable accused of tampering with government records

Joe Edward Lee, 54, is accused of submitting false requests for expenditures and a false receipt to county officials in January and February.

A Hood County constable has been indicted on charges of tampering with government records.

According to an indictment handed down Thursday, Joe Edward Lee, 54, submitted false or altered requests for expenditures and a false receipt to county officials.

Prosecutors say Lee bought a weapon-cleaning kit on Jan. 15 and uniform accessories on Feb. 2. Also he submitted a receipt indicating the purchase of a winter jacket and a winter vest on Feb. 18.

But all the purchases were false, the indictment states.

The indictment does not specify what investigators believe Lee actually bought.

District Attorney Rob Christian declined to discuss details of the case.

He did say that Lee turned himself in at the Hood County Jail Friday morning and was released on $5,000 bail.

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