The former Tax Assessor-Collector for Austin County was indicted by a grand jury last week.
39-year old Marcus Pena was indicted on Wednesday in the 155th Judicial District Court on charges of theft and misapplication of fiduciary property of a financial institution, greater than $150,000 and less than $300,000.
County officials say they discovered discrepancies in the office funds when a new assessor-collector took office.
District Attorney Travis Koehn notified the Texas Rangers, who led the investigation, while the Austin County Sheriff’s Office assisted.
District Attorney Travis J. Koehn says the Texas Attorney General’s Office is handling the prosecution of the case.