White-Collar Crime

Retired 32-Year Prosecutor Indicted Over Forfeiture Fund Expenditures

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The former lead prosecutor for Kimble County has been indicted there on two charges of misapplication of fiduciary property.

Former District Attorney Ron Sutton, who retired at the end of 2008 after 32 years with the prosecutor’s office, is accused of spending seized funds for travel and staff bonuses, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

He was released on personal recognizance bond in the third-degree felony case.

Although the newspaper apparently wasn’t able to reach Sutton for comment after he was charged, he has previously said he did nothing wrong and described criticism of his expenditures from a forfeiture account of assets seized from criminal suspects as “much ado about nothing.” By statute, such funds must be spent for law enforcement purposes, the Express-News recounts.

“I send the attorney general a list of expenditures and what they were for and how much we get every year,” Sutton said last year.

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