Multiple Travis County Tax Office employees arrested for alleged fraudulent activities

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Multiple employees from the Travis County Tax Office were arrested Friday on suspicion of fraudulent activities.

According to a statement from Travis County Tax Assessor Collector Bruce Elfant, investigators from the Texas Department of Public Safety arrived Friday afternoon at both the main office and satellite office to serve search warrants and arrest employees.

The investigation began as a result of an internal audit conducted by the Travis County Auditor, Elfant said.

“Since this is an ongoing investigation, I am not able to discuss any further details. However, please know I am appalled and extremely disappointed that members of my staff have been implicated in fraudulent activities that have violated the trust of Travis County residents,” Elfant said.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said in a statement she was “deeply troubled” when informed of the arrests and spoke with Elfant as the arrests occurred.

“Travis County is in full cooperation with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to address the issue and restore the public trust,” Eckhardt said.

According to Elfant, all satellite county tax offices are closed until further notice. However, the main tax office will remain open.

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  1. The tax and appraisal office have been crooked for a long time.. They have been jacking up appraisals and probably pocketing the money. We all prob deserve refunds going back many years. I wonder how many were actually arrested.

  2. If the fraudulent activities have any thing to do with VOTING the Travis County Tax Assessor Collector and the Travis County Judge, both Democrats, are sure to find a way to minimumize the charges – maybe just a slap on the wrist.

  3. Thanks for the id0tic comment of the day. Democrats don’t need to engage in voter fraud in Travis as Travis is already majority Democrat. If anything it was a bunch of hillbilly Republicans trying to commit voter fraud sort of like how you all draw district lines to keep your dying party in power.

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Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.
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