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Charges dismissed against police chief
Houston County Courier - April 2009
By Daphne Hereford
“Mr. Fisher you are free to go,” stated District 349 Judge Pam Fletcher after dismissing the last of the charges levied against him by a Houston County Grand Jury in August 2008.
Shortly after the court convened at about 1:40 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, Houston County District Attorney Donna Gordon Kaspar made a motion to dismiss the indictment on charge #129 because the records indicated the credit cards had only been used in Bryan College Station and no offense had occurred.
Mrs. Kaspar then addressed charge #128 telling the court from records she had subpoenaed that exactly the same situation existed in this case in that the credit cards were used in Bryan College Station. The judge also granted the motion to dismiss the charge.
“We are pleased that these cases are over”
Earlier in the proceeding, Fisher’s attorney, Billy Carter, of Bryan College Station, said that charge 126 had been quashed on Dec. 18, 2008 on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the court system and the district attorney who had the courage to do the right thing,” Fisher said as he left the courtroom.
“I’m not holding any grudges against anyone, My attorney will contact the mayor and city administrator about my return to work,” Fisher added.
The original indictments handed down by the grand jury consisted of three counts of credit card or debit card abuse, and three counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.
The indictments alleged that Fisher obtained credit cards in his son Christopher Fisher’s name without his consent or knowledge.
Mrs. Kaspar said, “When I reviewed the two remaining cases that I got when I took over I had to subpoena additional records because the previous district attorney had not subpoenaed all the records necessary.”
“After obtaining all the records and reviewing them, I determined there was no offense regarding those cases,” she added.
Mrs. Kaspar concluded, “He (Fisher) was charged with fraudulent use of identifying information and credit card abuse and although he may have obtained the cards in his son’s name, it appears from the records he gave the cards to his son and he was using them.”
Carter said, “We are pleased that these cases are over. We are glad they have been dismissed.”
“It shows chief Fisher didn’t do anything wrong. I’m glad Donna Kaspar reviewed the cases and determined that he had done nothing wrong and requested that the judge dismiss the two remaining cases and that he can move on with his life and get back to work as police chief,” Carter added.