A former employee of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office admitted Tuesday he conspired to steal at least $40,000 from the office.
Kelvin Hendrix, 48, of Bauxite pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Co-conspirator Jennifer Gann, 36, of North Little Rock also pleaded guilty to the same charge, according to a news release from Patrick Harris, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Sentencing for both is set for Oct. 12 in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.
Hendrix, a former quartermaster for the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center and 25-year employee of the Sheriff’s Office, and Gann, a former employee of Cruse Uniforms & Equipment, admitted that between April 2011 and April 2016 they operated a scheme to steal money intended for the purchase of uniforms and equipment.
The two used the money to purchase firearms and other goods from Cruse for personal use, according to Harris. Hendrix bought more than 40 firearms, he said.
As the quartermaster, Hendrix managed the purchase and distribution of uniforms and equipment for all employees working at the county jail. Gann was the inside sales manager for Cruse, where she worked for 16 years.
Jail employees received a uniform and equipment spending allowance, to be used at Cruse. As part of the scheme, Hendrix gave Gann a list of employees who had not used their entire allowance, and Gann created false purchase invoices for items purportedly purchased by those employees.
The Sheriff’s Office would pay Cruse based on a false purchase order, and Gann would then produce another invoice showing the items as returned and credit the value of the items to Hendrix — rather than the Sheriff’s Office — in the form of a store credit.
The loss to the Sheriff’s Office is estimated at between $40,000 and $95,000. The exact amount of restitution will be determined at the sentencing hearing.
Conspiracy to commit mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.