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East Texas sheriff's office jailer arrested, charged with credit card abuse

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Teresa Webb (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Teresa Webb (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)

A jailer at the Harrison County Sheriff's Office was arrested and charged with credit and debit card abuse on Thursday.

Harrison County officials say Teresa Webb was fired and arrested Thursday after she confessed to making jail debit cards loaded with inmate money. Webb was charged three times with credit card abuse, once for each card she made, according to the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.

The debit cards made and issued to at the jail are used to give inmates access to money they have when they are booked into the jail or commissary funds that are placed on their account. The inmate is allowed to use the card for purchases within the jail and is given the card upon release for personal use.

Officials with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office said Webb, who worked for the Harrison County Jail since 2008, typically made and issued cards to inmates when they were booked in the facility.

Authorities were made aware of Webb's alleged activities when an ex-inmate came forward and said his account did not add up.

"The investigators began discussing with the ex-inmate, his purchases and his bookkeeping and found that on certain days commissary had been delivered to him while he was in jail," said Harrison County Sheriff's Administrative Investigator Jay Webb. "Those receipts had been taken against his wishes and those receipts were then matched with some debit cards that had been made by the jailer."

The Harrison County District Attorney's Office has joined with the Sheriff's Office in seeing whether the ex-jailer could be responsible for more fraudulent cards.

"At this time we are auditing and looking into other areas Ms. Webb had access to," Investigator Jay Webb said.

Teresa Webb was booked into the Harrison County Jail and posted bond, which was set at $7,500 for each offense, on Friday.

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