The Colony police chief’s wife and two area business owners were recently indicted by a grand jury on a charge of misappropriation of funds.
Kelly Dee Clark, 48, Alan Robinson, 61, and Steven Thomas, 54, are accused of misappropriating for personal use more than $200,000 they received for insurance premiums.
The grand jury issued the indictments Dec. 7.
Kelly Clark, wife of The Colony Police Chief Joseph “Joe” Clark, was released after posting $5,000 bail.
Robinson and Thomas also posted $5,000 bail this week.
Kelly Clark was a finance executive with Star Insurance Service, formerly located at 4805 S. Colony Blvd. in The Colony. The location now houses an oil and gas company.
Joe Clark has been the chief of police since April 1996. He would not return calls for comment and Kelly Clark could not be reached.
Diane Baxter, director of communications for The Colony, issued the following statement on behalf of City Manager Troy Powell: “We are aware of the situation. The person in question is not an employee of the city therefore we have no comment.”
The offense is considered a first-degree felony, according to the Texas Penal Code, with a punishment range from probation to life in prison.
In some police departments, officers are not permitted to associate with a convicted felon. Area law enforcement agencies say individual department heads are the ones who make the decision on a city-by-city basis. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement has no rules or statutes regarding officers’ close associations.
According to the Denton Police Department, every new officer swears an oath to uphold the highest integrity when it comes to ethics and personal conduct — including associations with known criminals.
Under article three, section D of the Denton Police Department’s General Orders, officers “shall avoid regular or continuous associations or dealings with persons whom they know, or should know, are persons under criminal investigation or indictment, or who have a reputation in the community or the Police Department for present involvement in felonious or criminal behavior, except as necessary to the performance of official duties, or where unavoidable because of other personal relationships of the employees.”
Court records indicate the alleged incident occurred between January 2008 and July 2009.
Robinson is listed as president and secretary of Star Premium Finance — another company associated with the charges — and Thomas is listed as the owner of Star Insurance Service, an auto insurance company, records indicate.
The two businesses were relinquished by their owners in February 2010 after finance improprieties were discovered, said John Greeley, a spokesman with the Texas Department of Insurance.
“Administrative actions by TDI are separate from civil or criminal court actions,” Greeley said when questioned about the pending Denton County cases Thursday.
The Texas Department of Insurance Fraud Unit is conducting an ongoing investigation. Spokesman Jerry Hagins said he is unable to comment on pending criminal investigations.
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