A former Mesquite employee was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing more than $38,000 from the city.
Detectives arrested Tammy Castillo at her Balch Springs home Monday morning after a three-week-long investigation.
Police said Castillo used her position as Human Resources Executive Secretary for the city to steal $38,601.55 since July of last year.
“Our investigators are still looking into it because they don't have all of it,” said Brian Parrish with the Mesquite Police Department. “But we can prove up to $38,000 today.”
Investigators say Castillo, who has worked at city hall since 2011, has admitted to falsifying documents to recover petty cash reimbursement. The scheme involved forging the signing of at least 75 Mesquite city employees to receive their untapped benefits from a smoking cessation and vision insurance plan.
The arrest warrant affidavit states, "She would sign both forms with the employees name while attempting to get as close to their original signature as possible. It was at this point Castillo would take the benefit reimbursement form and the voucher to a City of Mesquite cashier office and obtain the money."
Another way Castillo allegedly stole city money was accessing receipts to city credit card purchases and using them as well to receive petty cash reimbursements.
When asked what she would do with the cash received Castillo stated she'd, "Deposit it into her bank account to cover bills or checks she may have written. If the amount she received was less than $200, she would keep the cash and use it for purchases. "
"These thefts occurred over some time, over like the last year, so it wasn't a one-time theft,” said Parrish. “It was a little bit here and a little bit there and she's been getting away with it for quite a while."
Castillo was in jail Monday on a $100,000 bond.