A Harris County Emergency Services special district is being looked at by the FBI and the IRS in the wake of a new policy that allows commissioners to request reimbursement for their personal criminal defense attorney fees.
According to a report by Spring Happenings, a new policy on Emergency Services District 11 was unanimously approved by commissioners and subsequently adopted in October.
At this time, the commissioners of ESD #11 and Cypress Creek EMS are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the possible misuse of tax dollars and for possible campaign finance violations from the 2016 ESD election. The commissioners have received criminal grand jury subpoenas from the FBI in connection with the ongoing investigation.
Since the policy was approved in October, over $13,000 in taxpayer dollars have been paid out to commissioners, including one former commissioner, Lynn LeBouef. This is in addition to $19,348.86 paid out in November and $10,324.50 in an unpaid balance due to lawyers representing the ESD corporately. The majority of these fees went to the representation of the ESD in the ongoing FBI investigation.
Harris County Emergency Services District 11 is the taxing entity that contracts 911 ambulance service to Cypress Creek EMS. The district represents over 540,000 residents and covers 177 square miles of North Harris County.
Trent Seibert can be reached at [email protected] or at 832-258-6119.