HIGH PROFILE HOUSTON JUDGE CHARGED WITH FRAUD!

Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas

From US Justice Department:

HOUSTON – A Harris County judge has been indicted on allegations of wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI – Houston Division.

Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas, 44, of Houston, is currently the presiding judge for the 164th District Court for the State of Texas and has jurisdiction over Texas civil cases located within Harris County.

A federal grand jury returned the seven-count indictment Oct. 24, which was unsealed today as she surrendered to federal authorities. She is expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray today, as early as 10:00 a.m.

“The defendant in this case is a judge, whose responsibilities are to make sure the law is followed and carried out,” Turner. “She was entrusted to serve the citizens of Harris County with duty and honor. However, the allegations contained in today’s indictment show that the judge put personal enrichment over this duty and honor.”

Smoots-Thomas allegedly embezzled campaign contributions individuals and political action committees had made to her re-election campaigns. The indictment alleges Smoots-Thomas repeatedly solicited campaign contributions on the premise the money would be used to help facilitate her re-election campaigns in both 2012 and 2016. She allegedly used campaign funds for non-campaign expenses to include monthly home mortgage payments, private school tuition payments, personal travel expenses, personal luxury items and cash withdrawals. Smoots-Thomas concealed this spending from both her campaign treasurer and the Texas Ethics Commission by filing false campaign finance reports, according to the charges.

Each count of wire fraud carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison as well as a maximum $250,000 fine.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ralph Imperato and John Pearson are handling the matter.

4 Comments

  1. Shandra November 8, 2019 10:15 am  Reply

    I am not saying that she is wrong but she’s not the first and where are the others at?? At home, working still living there best life!! Let’s give her community device and a fine line the rest of them, no need to punisher her because she is a black judge and we all know damn well white judges have been crooks for many years now!! Isiah remove this mess from your site!! You should have about 20 more judges, lawyers, politicians on your site for the same offenses but you don’t because it was either covered up or pushed through!!

  2. AJ November 8, 2019 10:57 am  Reply

    I’m sure there are many other judges, public figures, etc. doing the same thing. Problem is, she got caught! Doesn’t matter race or anything else, your doing something wrong and get caught, punishment is deserved. She’s a judge. She knew better and they should be held to higher standard. Part of choosing the profession she did.

  3. Jasma McCullough November 8, 2019 11:22 am  Reply

    Shandra,

    I’ve been before her, she’s a b*tch. Why is it when we put black people in office and they do shit like this we fight for them? They turn against their own, let the people they cater have them.

    -Respectfully

  4. TL November 8, 2019 1:03 pm  Reply

    I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. We have a sitting president who has done far worse, since he’s been president, yet y’all on this black woman who happens to be a judge. I don’t condone wrongdoing, but why isn’t the president serving time? He has consistently violated campaign funds and also taxpayers funds!

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