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Grand Jury indicts police chief
Houston County Courier - August 2008
By Daphne Hereford
Crockett Police Chief Jimmy Fisher was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 27 after a Houston County Grand Jury handed down indictments charging him with three counts of credit card or debit card abuse, a state jail felony, and three counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, a third degree felony.
According to a statement released by Houston County District Attorney David Cervantes, Fisher allegedly obtained credit cards in his son Christopher Fisher's name without Christopher's consent or knowledge.
Christopher Fisher reportedly became aware of the accounts when he applied for employment with the Texas Department of Public Safety in July 2007.
The indictments indicate the offenses occurred over a period of time and included credit obtained from Cash, LLC on Dec. 12, 2005; Asset Acceptance LLC on Dec. 12, 2006 and Chevron Bank Card on Feb. 1, 2002.
Fisher turned himself in to Houston County District Attorney Investigator Clayton Smith at the Houston County Sheriff's Office Jail at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and was processed. He was released a short time later on a personal recognizance bond.
According to City Administrator Ron Duncan, Mayor Wayne Mask suspended the chief from duty and he was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the felony criminal proceeding.
Fisher was reportedly asked to turn in his badge, identification and refrain from police activity until the matter was concluded.
Duncan said the mayor would serve as acting chief until an interim was appointed.
Crockett Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Bill Like said that under advisement from the district's attorney the only comment he could make was the appropriate administrative action has been taken in the matter as it relates to Fisher acting as instructor of Criminal Justice classes at the high school.
Angelina College President Dr. Larry Phillips said Fisher has taught part-time for them in the past but they are not planning on him teaching this fall.
The only comment Houston County District Attorney Cervantes had was, "Chief Fisher is innocent until proven guilty."
If convicted, Fisher faces 2-10 years in prison on the fraud charges and 180 days - 2 years on the credit card charges.