Hutchins mayor, other city officials indicted after public corruption investigation

Hutchins mayor, other city officials indicted after public corruption investigation

Hutchins’ mayor and nine other current and former city employees face criminal charges after a 16-month public corruption investigation, police said Monday.

Mayor Artis Johnson

A Dallas County grand jury indicted Mayor Artis Johnson last week on charges of criminal conspiracy and abuse of official capacity.

Hutchins’ police chief, Frank McElligott, said the investigation centered on the theft of city-owned scrap, which was sold to recyclers.

Sen. Royce West

Johnson and his attorney, state Sen. Royce West, could not be reached for comment. But West told WFAA-TV (Channel 8) that his client was innocent. SOURCE

I have been busy with family matters the last few days and the blog had to suffer because when my wife is off for most of the weekend and tells me that WE HAVE PLANS, I make myself available to do her bidding. In this case we went to a reunion. People sure do change a lot when you haven’t seen them in 10 years. 🙂

Anyway, on to the story.

Hutchins, TX is a small community just Southeast of Dallas at the junction of I-20 and I-45, and apparently, from what I can gather from the Dallas Morning News, *some* folks that work for the City of Hutchins aren’t making enough money, well, legally anyway.

“I’m asking people to withhold judgment … until he’s had his day in court,” he said.

And that is why I am NOT making ANY accusations, I am just offering up some opinion.

The city’s former public works director, Ronnie O’Brien, and seven other former public works employees face charges of engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the theft and sale of city-owned scrap.

McElligott said the district attorney’s Office of Public Integrity began investigating in December 2012 after a lead developed during a separate investigation into a court clerk who was suspected of stealing revenue from city fines.

It has been my observation that a Grand Jury won’t return an indictment without some pretty serious proof, but I might be wrong, I’m certain that Sen. Royce West will argue until the cows come home that his client is as pure as the driven snow and has been caught up in the nefarious dealings of *others*, and it was through no fault of his own.

McElligott said public works employees took more than $25,000 in scrap, such as pipes and meters, and sold it to recyclers.

One of the public works employees went to pick up payment from a recycler, who, seeing the employee dressed in a city uniform and driving a city truck, made a check out to “city of Hutchins,” McElligott said.

The employee took the check to the mayor, who had the money deposited into the general fund, from which a check was issued to O’Brien, the chief said.

O’Brien, who retired in October after eight years with the city, said the investigation “is what it is, and obviously, the mayor is guilty.”

But that can’t be right. The Mayor can’t be guilty, Sen. Royce West said so.

City Secretary Janis Daniels, who has been accused of using city credit cards for personal use, was indicted on a charge of theft of less than $1,500. The indictment said she unlawfully acquired “various food items.”

Wow, accused and/or indicted; the Mayor, the City secretary, the former Public Works Director and 7 City employees, Hutchins isn’t that big a town, this has got to be a large percentage of the City government we’re talking about.

If these accusations are true then the City of Hutchins has a lot of folks about to answer for their part in this public corruption investigation. The good people of Hutchins need to get together and straighten their community out.

I have NO USE for corrupt public officials; I only hope this doesn’t go even deeper as the case gets tried in court. There is NO honor among thieves and someone will sing like a canary if they think they can save themselves from incarceration.

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7 Responses to Hutchins mayor, other city officials indicted after public corruption investigation

  1. Gary says:

    You can take the ‘boy’ out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the ‘boy’.

    But I don’t want to rush to judgment

  2. Wayne says:

    No mention of their political affiliation Fred. I’d be surprised if they all have a “D” after their names.

    • TexasFred says:

      I am fairly certain that the *D* is in play, at least with the 2 pictured.. Sen. West is a *D* for certain and I would bet LARGE money that Hizzoner the Mayor is a *D* too..

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  4. mrchuck says:

    I didn’t do nuffin. It was just scrap metal nobody wanted. I was just cleaning up all this messy stuff.

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