Ex-Bookkeeper Of Stockyards Rodeo Sentenced To Prison For Embezzlement

Andrew Greenstein
April 18, 2019 - 3:30 pm

Tarrant County District Attorney's Office

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - A woman is sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing from a Fort Worth rodeo.

D'Ann Elizabeth Wagner pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.3 million from the Stockyards Rodeo over a three-year period.

Lead prosecutor Brooke Panuthos says Wagner was a bookkeeper for the rodeo and had set up a PayPal account for ticket sales.

"The funds started accumulating in this account, and she basically linked her personal information to that PayPal account," says Panuthos, "and they ended up giving her a debit card, so she was the exclusive account holder of that debit card."

And between January 2014 and March 2017, she took advantage of unlimited access to company funds.

"In that time frame, she managed to spend over $1.3 million of their money that was intended for them for ticket sales," Panuthos says. "She spent it on trips. She spent it on automobiles, Sea-Doos -- just personal expenditures."

In addition to the decade-and-a-half behind bars, Judge George Gallagher ordered Wagner to pay the Stockyards Rodeo back. 

"He also ordered her to pay restitution for the full $1.3 million," says Panuthos. "So that would be probably a condition of parole when she gets out."

That may be a lot easier said than done.

"It appears that she spent it all," Panuthos says.