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A former Frio County Sheriff’s Office captain was indicted by a grand jury late last month for theft and abuse of official capacity after an investigation by the Texas Rangers.
According to records filed at the district clerk’s office, former Captain Joel Arellano was simultaneously receiving pay from two different entities. The investigation revealed that while he was with the Frio County Sheriff’s Office he was working in San Antonio at an unrelated job and was listed as on active duty in Frio County at the same time.
The indictment charges Arellano with a state jail felony for theft of property of up to $2,500 and a Class A misdemeanor for abuse of official capacity “by falsifying his time sheet to reflect hours worked at the Frio County Sheriff’s Office while he simultaneously worked at a second job.”
District Attorney Audrey Louis said her office became aware of the alleged misconduct after an anonymous tip from a former sheriff’s office employee.
“At that point I requested information from the sheriff’s office,” Louis said. “Once I verified the information, I turned the case over to the Texas Rangers.”
Arrest records at the county jail show Arellano surrendered to officers on August 27, six days after the grand jury handed down the indictment.
Arellano resigned from the sheriff’s office on March 27, according to records filed at the county’s human resource department.