Documents: Brown County Attorney took trips on county credit card
BROWNWOOD, Texas - A criminal investigation into the Brown County Attorney is currently before the U.S. Attorney in Lubbock and documents filed with the office shine a light on his activities with a county credit card.
Shane Britton is facing accusations of corruption and bribery in relation to his pre-trial diversion program and his Brown County Attorney Donation Fund.
KTXS has obtained documents showing Britton used his county-appointed credit card to travel to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Britton set up the Brown County Attorney Donation Fund in 2007. Defendants in misdemeanor cases had the option to pay a donation for a lesser charge, or even have it removed, as part of his pre-trial diversion program. The money that was collected went into the BCADF.
Money from that fund was also used to cover more than $5,300 in costs those trips that Britton took incurred, according to documents.
A bank statement from July 2013 showed Britton charged $244 on a one-way trip to New York City. That same statement shows several other costs, including a hotel stay at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. for $1,300.
KTXS looked into whether Britton submitted any receipts which would explain the purpose of those trips and whether they were for county business. All that could be found was a slip with his signature on it and the amount he spent.
KTXS made several attempts to contact Britton and ask him for an interview, but he declined all of those requests.
Brown County Commissioner Joel Kelton said his standard procedure is to submit receipts for all county-related expenses.
"I always bring a receipt to any purchase I make to match up to my billing," Kelton said. "That's just my standard procedure."
KTXS reached out to Brown County Auditor Jennifer Robison and Brown County Judge Ray West. Robison declined a request to be interviewed, while West didn't respond.