Crime

Woman who stole $1.3 million from Stockyards Rodeo sentenced to more than a decade

A former bookkeeper for the Stockyards Rodeo who pleaded guilty to stealing more than a million dollars from the organization was sent to prison on Wednesday.

D’Ann Elizabeth Wagner was sentenced by Judge George Gallagher to 15 years for stealing $1.3 million from the rodeo by using PayPal.

The PayPal account, which was set up by Wagner, was linked to her personal account. A debit card was issued by PayPal to manage the money received, which Wagner then used for her personal spending, according to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

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D’Ann Elizabeth Wagner

Investigators pinpointed more than 11,000 individual transactions, which took place between January 2014 and March 2017.

Wagner used the money to go on numerous vacations, gamble at WinStar, and buy two Harley-Davidson motorcycles, among other purchases, officials said.

“This defendant stole more than six times the minimum threshold for this first-degree felony charge,” prosecutor Brooke Panuthos said. “She had 11,000 chances to stop her criminal behavior and stop stealing from employers who trusted her. She showed no conscience and no remorse for her actions.”

The case was prosecuted by the district attorney’s White Collar team.

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