A former Harris County employee and her husband have been charged with theft – accused of stealing more than $232,000 for a victims assistance fund.
Elouise Mirales and her husband, Daniel, were arrested early in the morning on Friday. Mirales was terminated from her job in the district attorneys office back in August.
She is accused of stealing the money from a fund established to assist victims of crimes within Harris County.
The couple was arrested at their home in the 4500-block of Brady in southeast Houston on theft charges. Officials with the county and the City of Houston confiscated their home, cars, and anything else they believe was purchased with the money.
Children in the home were turned over to Mirales parents.
Investigators say Mirales was originally terminated from the Harris County District Attorney’s office when they learned several thousands of dollars disappeared back in August of this year.
After 4 months of investigating prosecutors believe Mirales and her husband pocketed more than $200,000 and that number could go higher.
Mirales’ husband was arrested because D.A. Investigator John Kleindienst says he cashed more than $100,000 in checks.
The Harris County D.A.’s office Public Integrity Unity investigated they case. They’re called in when a public servant is accused of wrongdoing.
The Mirales will likely be arraigned Saturday morning in a probable cause hearing.
Andy Kahan with the city’s Victim’s assistance office says, “this is the most deplorable case of embezzlement he’s ever seen.”
Kahan tells FOX 26 Mirales allegedly stole the money over an eight year period.