Special Investigations Unit
Report Regarding The Cottage
Report Number 00-001
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 theftone 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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