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Multiple Agencies

Special Investigations Unit
Report Regarding The Cottage

September 1999

Report Number 00-001

Overall Conclusion

A call to the Texas State Auditor's Office (State Auditor) hotline led to an investigation of allegations that a husband and wife stole more than $20,000 in checks from the State of Texas and a substance abuse facility known as The Cottage. The Travis County Grand Jury indicted Kelly Denise Herrell and Robert Wayne Herrell of Wichita Falls for theft and forgery. Kelly Herrell was The Cottage's director and Robert Herrell was the assistant director.

Key Facts and Findings

  • The grand jury indicted Kelly Herrell on seven counts of forgery and two counts of aggregated theft. For each count, she faces up to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine.

  • Robert Herrell was indicted on three counts of forgery and two counts of theft–one count is a state-jail felony and the other a Class A misdemeanor. For the misdemeanor, he faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, for the other counts, up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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