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Brown Co. Attorney used county credit card at water park, hotels

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - A bank statement obtained by KTXS shows that Brown County Attorney Shane Britton used a county-issued credit card in July 2012 for a trip to Schlitterbahn Beach Resort in South Padre Island.

KTXS requested the information from Brown County Auditor Jennifer Robison's office pertaining to the Brown County Attorney Donation Fund. The fund was run out of Britton's office, who's currently under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Lubbock.

Additionally, bank statements from June 2013 show that Britton stayed at hotels in San Antonio and San Marcos and cost tax payers more than $1,000.

The auditor's office didn't have any record that these transactions were for county-related business.

KTXS asked County Judge Ray West for comment about the transactions Monday, and he said he didn't know what they were.

Brown County Commissioner Joel Kelton of precinct two agreed to discuss the matter.

"It's been turned over to the U.S. Attorney," Kelton said. "It's not anything that they've been giving us updates on."

Kelton added that commissioners weren't aware of these transactions as they took place.

"It's something that was going to the auditor's office and to [Britton's} particular office," Kelton said. "But it's not anything we're seeing in our job or daily work."

Federal investigators have accused Britton of corruption and bribery related to use his of the BCADF. The money for that fund comes from defendants in misdemeanor cases who paid his office a donation to get a lesser charge, or in some cases, have it removed off their record. County commissioners voted in favor of establishing the fund in 2007 after Britton requested it.

The Brown County Attorney Donation Fund has a balance of $47,478 as of Monday, according to the county treasurer's office.

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