Woman Sentenced in Alpine Chamber Theft

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UPDATE:  Kalea Cotton pleaded guilty to theft of property more than $2,500 less than $30,000.

The Brewster County District Attorney’s office says Cotton received six years in prison probated to three years of probation. 

She was also ordered to spend 30 days in the Brewster County Jail beginning Jan. 5.

She will also serve 200 hours of community service.


ORIGINAL STORY from July 18, 2017:

After $50,000 was withdrawn from the Alpine Visitors Center, prompting an investigation by the Texas Rangers, Alpine Chamber of Commerce officials have issued a statement. 

In the statement posted on the Chamber’s social media page, officials say the day-to-day operations were handled by an executive director who resigned in March 2017. 

A financial audit was later conducted, which “…revealed unauthorized transactions on both the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center accounts,” according to the statement. 

Officials say once they noticed the issue, the audit results were turned over to the Texas Rangers.

Alpine City Manager Erik Zimmer confirmed the missing funds last week saying about $50,000 was withdrawn without explanation.

With the recent statement, Chamber officials say they will not comment further on the matter. 

“The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will not comment further on this matter, and will not engage in speculation, accusation or other defamatory behavior.”

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