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Houston couple sentenced to wear 'I am a thief' signs

Posted on July 13th, 2010 No Comments

Eloise and Daniel Mireles were recently convicted of stealing $255,000 from their local district attorney’s office in Harris County.  The couple was sentenced to ten years of probation, plus several conditions including spending at least one month in jail every year, ten years to pay back the $255,000, and wearing signs that say “I am a thief.  I stole $255,000 from a crime victim’s fund”.

Eloise Mireles was convicted of stealing money orders and cashiers checks while working as an administrative assistant at the Harris County office’s victims’ rights division.  The money and checks were restitution funds paid by convicted criminals.

In addition to wearing the signs for five hours every weekend on a street corner for ten years, the couple has to hang a sign on their front door stating, “The occupants of this residency are convicted thieves.  They stole $250,000 from the Harris County Crime Victims’ Fund”.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, contact the Houston theft defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-523-0404 to learn more about your rights.