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Water district manager in San Angelo area fired after admitting ‘personal use’ of district credit card, FBI seized docs
Thursday, Aug 30, 2012, 12:58PM CST
By Curt Olson
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A Tom Green County water district terminated Manager Yantis Green, who is a prominent Republican official in the San Angelo area, in late July because he admitted personal use of the water district credit card.

The actions in late July led to the FBI seizing documents from the Tom Green County Water Control & Improvement District No. 1 earlier this month, the San Angelo Standard-Times reports. The water board’s website still identifies Green as district manager.

The revelation comes following documents the newspaper received via an open records request. Green, who also is a Tom Green County commissioner, was supposed to be the delegate from U.S. House District 11 at the Republican National Convention but did not attend. Green admitted “personal use” of the water board’s credit card in a July 23 letter that compelled the board to fire him, the newspaper reports.

“I will begin repaying the O&M account with my whole paycheck from the 15th of the month beginning in August. It will take a while,” Green’s letter states, according to the Standard-Times.

Documents did not reveal what the amount was, but the newspaper reports Green, who served as district manager 10 years, earned $1,500 a month. Green’s termination was effective July 26, and the FBI arrived on Aug. 1 to obtain records. The water district, which has an office in Veribest, manages water supply to farmers east of San Angelo from a canal. The board serves about 117 farms over 15,000 irrigated acres, according to its website.

The water district changed accountants this year, and the new one required credit card statements and supporting invoices. The water board held an emergency meeting July 23 to cancel the credit and debit cards and insist everything be paid by check.

A second emergency meeting two days later ended with Green’s termination. He wrote his penitent letter on July 23 attempting to make things right. Green wrote that he gave the auditor information in a “feeble attempt to cover up my own mess, and all I did was make it worse.”

"I didn't sleep very well for a few days; I'm just not a good liar. My faith tells me that when I commit an offense, I need to admit it to the people I have offended and make it right. That's what I'm doing now. Again, I'm so sorry for my actions and I will do what is right to fix this issue.”

Green has served as a Tom Green County commissioner after being elected in 2010. Some commenters at the newspaper site are calling for his resignaton from that post.

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Contact Curt Olson at curt@texaswatchdog.org or 512-557-3800. Follow him on Twitter @olson_curt.

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