A Grimes County court employee has been fired after authorities say she stole $200 from the creative arts division of the Grimes County Fair Association.

According to Grimes County Sheriff’s investigator James Ellis, authorities were called May 31 by a member of the association and told that the nonprofit had been granted a $200 gift card from H-E-B to purchase supplies for children to use at the county fair. H-E-B employees told members of the association the gift card should arrive via mail by May 10, but it had not arrived.

During an investigation, the sheriff’s office discovered the card’s balance had been spent. Ellis said the arts division shares the same mailbox space as an office belonging to a justice of the peace. Deputies began to zero in on a clerk, Donna Becker-Busse, and on June 5 approached her about the card. At the time of the interview, she was terminated from her position.

Authorities said Becker-Busse said she had spent some money from an H-E-B gift card but said she found the card lying in the parking lot of a College Station business. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and on June 14 she turned herself in on a charge of theft of $200 from a nonprofit, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines.

She was released on bond from the Grimes County Jail on the day of her arrest.

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