Former CISD employee accused of fraud receives probation

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Former Cleburne ISD Administrative Secretary Tami Renee Murphy pleaded guilty to charges of fraudulent use/possession of identification information and forgery of a financial instrument on April 4 in the 18th District Court, according to court records.

Murphy pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent use and four of forgery.

On the first fraudulent use count she received a sentence of 10 years in prison probated for five years, which means she will be on probation for five years and, should she violate her probation, could be sent to prison for up to 10 years.

On the second fraudulent use count she received a sentence of two years in state jail, which is the same sentence she received of the four forgery charges. Murphy will remain on probation for five years on those charges unless she violates the terms of her probation.

The plea, however, required Murphy to serve 73 days in the Johnson County Jail and pay restitution of $22,878, as well as court costs.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Murphy in November 2016. She formerly worked as an administrative secretary at Cleburne ISD TEAM School.

Murphy, 54, of Cleburne, used TEAM School Principal Georgann Storm’s identification information to open credit accounts through Bank of America, Bank of Delaware and Credit One Bank, according to her arrest warrant.

Murphy had worked as Storm’s administrative secretary for more than 13 years, according to the same warrant.

Storm contacted JCSO after she noticed the fraudulent credit accounts on her credit report.

JCSO detectives determined that the phone numbers associated with the fraudulent accounts tied back to Murphy’s number and that the address associated with the accounts is listed as that of TEAM School.

During an interview at the Clifton Taylor Law Enforcement Center in 2016, Murphy told detectives that she had access to Storm’s personal identification information through work and admitted to having opened the three accounts, according to her arrest warrant.

Woman assaulted

Cleburne police responded to reports of an assault at 1 a.m. April 25 in the 3100 block of North Main Street to find a woman with visible injuries to her face, forehead and right ear.

The woman told police the assault began in Fort Worth and continued to Cleburne at which point the suspect removed her from his pickup in the industrial park near Chances Nightclub and repeatedly punched her in the face with a closed fist.

The woman told police she may have lost consciousness in a ditch before the suspect helped her back into his truck, drove her to his house and cleaned some of the blood from her face.

Investigation into the matter continues.

Police responded to a hit-and-run accident at 10:17 p.m. April 22 near Prairie Avenue and Fourth Street. The victim followed the fleeing suspect and police caught up with him near the 800 block of Trinity Street. The suspect, Anthony Kevin Lugo, 28, of Cleburne, continued to evade but police eventually caught him. Police charged him with evading with a vehicle and driving while license invalid.

An officer conducted a traffic stop at 9:37 p.m. April 23 near the intersection of Walnut Street and Westhill Drive. The officer arrested Johnathan Paul Foster, 27, of Cleburne, and Veronica Echevarria Rodriguez, 20, of Cleburne, on charges of manufacture/delivery of controlled substance, marijuana possession and tampering with evidence. Police confiscated five baggies of methamphetamine, marijuana, glass pipes and other paraphernalia, according to reports.

Police responded to a hit-and-run at 9:28 a.m. the same day on Warren Street. A vehicle of unknown make collided with a parked car forcing the parked car into two other parked cars in the process.

Police responded to a harassment call at 1:22 p.m. April 24 on Willowwood Drive. The suspect told police that someone keeps sending pizzas to her house.

Police responded to a burglary call at 7 p.m. the same day in the 700 block of North Robinson Street. Someone stole an Emerson TV and a Sony DVD player from a building.

Police responded to a burglary call at 9:23 a.m. the same day in the 2200 block of Pipeline Road. Sometime between April 19-22 someone stole prescription medicine from the victim’s home.

Cleburne firefighters responded to reports of the smell of smoke at 4:49 p.m. Monday in the 2200 block of Rosedown Drive to find all occupants out of the house.

The homeowner told firefighters that his kids noticed the smell of smoke after turning a computer on to play games. Firefighters found no signs of heat or smoke in the house but did notice a strong odor of shorted electrical equipment from one of the computer towers. The homeowner said that was the same smell he noticed. Firefighters told the homeowner not the plug the computer back in.

Firefighters responded to an emergency standby for a fixed wing medical aircraft at 2:01 p.m. the same day at Cleburne Regional Airport. The plane, which was transporting a patient, needed to land for refueling. Firefighters remained on standby during refueling on the ready should any incidents arise. None did and the plane resumed transportation without incident.


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