The Mayor of Hempstead has been arrested on a charge of Abuse of Official Capacity.
Officials with the Waller County District Attorney’s Office say Mayor Michael Shayne Wolfe was booked into the Waller County Jail by Texas Rangers this (Thursday) morning.
Online jail records list the official charge as Abuse of Official Capacity between $2,500 and $30,000, which is a state jail felony. Records also show Wolfe was released this morning on $5,000 bond.
Earlier this year, Texas Rangers opened an investigation into the City of Hempstead, dealing with utility payments to the city. Investigation began after a recent audit of the city’s finances, which found inconsistencies in delinquent City of Hempstead utility accounts
Update @ 5:00 p.m.: According to an affidavit, Wolfe is accused of removing names from a list of delinquent accounts, including the name of his daughter. Wolfe’s name was also removed by a utility clerk. The unpaid accounts of Wolfe and his daughter racked up over $20,000.
Hempstead residents had until the 20th of each month to pay their utilities, lest they would be cut off. Each month, a clerk would put together a list of names whose utilities would be shut off. According to the affidavit, Wolfe admitted he would highlight names that would be exempt from losing utilities.
No information was available on if any other city officials are facing charges as a result of investigation.