Press Release: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett terminated a member of his staff Monday afternoon after discovering the employee had been diverting money from a private, non-profit corporation for his personal use. No taxpayer money was involved; the funds belonged to HC Events. HC Events is a not-for-profit corporation set up by Emmett in 2008 that sponsors the annual Harris County Trade and Transportation Conference. It receives all of its funding from private sources, primarily sponsors and attendees of the conferences.

Emmett fired Budget and Finance Advisor, Kirk Boudreaux, after discovering Boudreaux had diverted funds from HC Events. Boudreaux was one of only a small number of people with access to the corporation’s finances. The diversion of funds was uncovered when Emmett requested a regular, detailed accounting of the most recent event. Emmett immediately called District Attorney Pat Lykos to inform her of what he had learned, and the district attorney’s office is now in charge of the case.

“I was sickened to learn that a member of my staff appears to have stolen a substantial amount of money from a corporation I set up to benefit the residents of Harris County,” Emmett said. “I have spoken frequently and forcefully of the need for openness and honesty in Harris County government, and my own staff is no exception. As soon as I learned of this incident, I fired the employee responsible, reported the incident to the proper legal authorities and am now informing the public. The next step is for Mr. Boudreaux to repay every penny to HC Events and then face the legal consequences. I want to assure the taxpayers of Harris County that absolutely NO public money was involved in this case.”