Members of the Smith County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division served an arrest warrant today charging Christopher Eugene Meador, age 44, with the felony offense of theft in conjunction with a 4-month-long investigation.
"I want to clear up some confusion relating to statements that some individuals outside of the Sheriff's Office are making regarding this investigation," said Sheriff Larry Smith. "This investigation has been focused on an individual who happened to be employed by Hideaway and was by no means an all-encompassing investigation into Hideaway."
The arrest warrant was issued by Judge Christi Kennedy, Judge of the 114th Judicial District Court, relating to documents that were allegedly falsified regarding tree-cutting services Meador was connected with inside Hideaway, which is a gated community near I-20 in Smith County.
The allegations include that Meador, on more than one occasion, verbally contracted with an individual for sole rights to cut trees in the community, providing Meador received a portion of the money.
Meador's bond was set at $10,000 and he is currently being booked in to the Smith County Jail.
The investigation continues and no additional information is being released pending its outcome.