Former Bullard City Administrator Patty Cooper’s case will be presented in Judge Russell’s court at 10 a.m. April 21, 7th District Court officials recently announced. Cooper turned herself in to Smith County officers Jan. 9 for two counts of tampering with government records and one count of theft by a public servant for allegedly stealing $100,000 -$200,000 from the city.

The indictment alleges Cooper stole money, public utilities, miscellaneous property and checks while working at Bullard City Hall. Smith County Assistant District Attorney Susie Saxion said the series of alleged thefts spanned over four years, dating back to Dec. 22, 2000.

After an investigation conducted by Bullard Police and the Texas Rangers, Cooper voluntarily took a leave of absence on Nov. 9, 2004. A Smith County grand jury handed down an indictment on Dec. 22, 2005, but a warrant was not issued until January due to the Christmas holidays.

Cooper faces a minimum of five years and up to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine if convicted for the theft by public servant charge, a first degree felony. On each count of tampering with government records, a state jail felony, Cooper faces a minimum of 180 days to two years confinement in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, if convicted.

If Cooper enters a guilty plea, she will appear before Judge Russell at 1:30 p.m. May 1. If she does not enter a guilty plea, a trial date will be set at 9 a.m. May 15.

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