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Garrett charged with embezzling from Wood family

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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A Bridgeport woman has been arrested on theft charges, accused of embezzling more than a half-million dollars from the family of James Wood.

Robin Garrett

Robin Anne Garrett, 46, is charged with theft greater than $300,000, a first degree felony; theft $150,000 to $300,000, a second degree felony; and theft $2,500 to $30,000 enhanced, a third degree felony.

The victims in the case are James Wood; his son, Raymond Wood; and daughter, Janetta Killen.

Garrett served as a certified public accountant employed to handle personal business accounts and not the car dealership accounts. She is also the campaign treasurer for her husband, incoming Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Willie Garrett, who was elected to the position two weeks ago.

Garrett turned herself in to Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins Wednesday afternoon and was booked into the Wise County Jail. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor set Garrett’s bond at $10,000 for each of the three charges. She posted bond and was released Wednesday, according to jail records.

According to the probable cause affidavit on file in the case, the thefts were discovered after Garrett’s credit card company, American Express, contacted Raymond Wood on Oct. 9 in regards to possible fraudulent checks being used as payments on Garrett’s credit card account.

Hoskins met with Raymond Wood to review credit card payments, which had been made from checks drawn from the trust accounts for him and his sister. Raymond Wood confirmed Garrett did not have permission to take the money from the trust accounts.

He said when he confronted Garrett about the checks, Garrett admitted to taking the money.

“Raymond Wood advised that Robin Garrett admitt(ed) to taking the money from the trust account and stated, ‘There is no explaining to do and I took the money,’” the affidavit states. “Raymond Wood advised that Robin Garrett asked them if they would like to know the reason she did it and Raymond advised her yes they would. Robin Garrett stated, ‘Because I could.’”

Raymond Wood said Garrett told his father she first took $10,000 from his farm account, then took $30,000 and $125,000 from Raymond’s Trust Account and then another $175,000 and $75,000 to pay off a loan she used on a 2015 Porche she was financing through EECU, a credit union. When asked about another check for $101,125 from Janetta Killen’s trust account paid to American Express, Garrett said she did not remember it, according to the affidavit.

On the $125,000 check, the affidavit states, “Raymond Wood advised Officer Hoskins that he remembers signing the check for Robin Garrett and at the time it was blank and Garrett advised it was for paying his federal income tax on his trust account.”

Hoskins reviewed credit card records and records from EECU showing multiple payments ranging from $10,000 to $175,000 on Garrett’s account.

“Officer Hoskins had been contacted by Robin Garrett and she openly admitted to taking the money and was wanting to pay it back to the victim,” the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, the first theft of $10,000 from James Wood took place on Dec. 12, 2016.

Hoskins said Garrett had worked as a CPA for the Wood family for several years, and she convinced the family in 2016 to not perform an outside audit.

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