Fired judicial clerk in Galveston County gets 4 years of probation for theft, must repay

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GALVESTON, Texas — A fired judicial clerk in Southeast Texas who stole more than $23,000 in public funds must serve four years of probation and repay the money.

Cheryl Annette Copley of Alvin was sentenced Wednesday in Galveston after pleading guilty last month to felony theft by a public servant.

Copley had worked for Galveston County Justice of the Peace James Woltz in Friendswood. Prosecutors say Copley used her position as the clerk to steal from the court from November 2008 and until early 2013.

Copley was hired in 2006, put on paid leave in January 2013 and eventually fired.

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