- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Two ex-municipal workers in South Texas who stole city lumber and ran a money scam for work not done must repay $100,000 to avoid prison.

Prosecutors in Corpus Christi say 33-year-old Derek Herzog and 29-year-old Michael Smith worked for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Both pleaded guilty Thursday to theft and must serve five years of probation.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (https://bit.ly/1QGO9ni ) reports half the money has been repaid. The balance is due before probation ends, to avoid time behind bars.

Herzog and Smith were accused of theft while on beach duty between 2012 and 2014.

Investigators say the pair took lumber meant for lifeguard stands, used extended warranties for four ATVs to purchase a fifth for themselves, plus took payments involving a fake employee and work not done.

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, https://www.caller.com

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