MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Nexstar)- Midland County Judge Terry Johnson says the County and Vector Fleet Management have reached an agreement concerning the 1.6 million dollars in tax payer funds embezzled by former Vector Fleet employee John Warren.
Johnson’s release reads:
“For the past 9 months, my office has worked with the Midland County Auditor’s office Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers and Vector Fleet Management, a third-party contractor to the county, to recover approximately $1.6m of taxpayer funds embezzled by one of Vector’s employees, John Warren.
From 2018 to 2021, among other things, Mr. Warren used falsified invoices without Vector’s knowledge to obtain payment for parts and services not rendered.
The fraud and theft were discovered through an audit of records previously inaccessible to the County Auditor, but with the cooperation of Vector Fleet Management that information was made available for inspection.
I am pleased to announce that yesterday, the Commissioner’s Court approved an agreement with Vector Fleet Management that will make us whole for all the documented losses incurred because of Mr. Warren.
I want to thank Vector for their full cooperation with our investigation, as they too were victimized by Mr. Warren’s crimes.
I would also like to thank the Texas Rangers, the Midland County Sheriff and our County Auditor for their diligence and hard work to protect the assets of Midland County taxpayers.
When I ran for County Judge, it was with the intent to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, find abuses if they existed, be transparent about what we find, and bring to justice those who would choose to take advantage of Midland County. We are doing just that.
It is now up to the District Attorney to ensure that the full force of the law is applied, and that justice is served to those who steal from taxpayers.”
A Midland man and woman have been arrested and charged in a fraud case involving Midland County.
John Warren and Cynthia Warren were arrested Monday in Lowndes County, Georgia.
John Warren has been charged with Theft of more than $300,000 and Engaging in Criminal Activity, both first-degree felonies.
Cynthia Warren has also been charged with Engaging in Criminal Activity.
A months long investigation into the Warrens began in September of last year when the Midland County Auditor’s office reported a possible theft by employees of Vector Fleet Management, according to the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.
During the investigation, investigators found that John Warren of Vector Fleet Management had submitted fraudulent invoices to Midland County in the amount of $1,003,776.66.
Vector Fleet management later told investigators that John Warren had charged $1,319,588.88 to false companies on the company credit card.
Investigators say that Justin Warren participated in helping John Warren commit the offense of theft and that Cynthia and Justin Warren enjoyed the profits of the thefts.
Through the investigation, about 50 vehicles and other equipment were seized in Lowndes County, Georgia. About 24 vehicles and other equipment were seized in Odessa.
There is no word on what, if any, charges Justin Warren might face.
The investigation is on-going.