An Austin County grand jury indicted former Bellville Municipal Court Judge Terri Resendez on Feb. 28 for theft of property ($30,000 to $150,000) and tampering with a governmental record.
Both charges are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Resendez, 59, was arrested for the indictment by the Austin County Sheriff’s Office on March 2, 2018, and she posted a $20,000 bond.
Resendez is accused of stealing funds from 2013 to 2016 from the City of Bellville during her tenure as Bellville municipal judge.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office assisted the Bellville Police Department and the Austin County District Attorney’s Office with the investigation and prosecution.
After being notified of the discrepancies, District Attorney Travis Koehn requested the assistance of the Attorney General’s Office.
“The Texas Attorney General’s Office has a division dedicated to investigating white-collar crimes committed by government officials,” Koehn said. “We’re grateful for their expertise and help in developing the evidence needed to proceed in this matter.”