Woman Arrested for Defrauding the Public
Ommaney Smith, who organized the 2011 Cowboy Boot Stampede for a Cure in Bastrop County, is suspected of embezzling the money raised for the event, which took place on October 1, 2011, and had numerous participants from around Lee, Bastrop and surrounding counties. The possible fraud was brought to the attention of the Bastop County Sheriff’s Office last July.
After a three month long investigation, Investigator Russell Abel discovered that Smith had raised over $7,500, for the event. The proceeds were to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin, but the investigation indicates that Smith donated none of it. In addition, she has still yet to pay several of the companies who provided services for the event. In total, it is believed that Smith defrauded the citizens and businesses of Lee, Bastrop and other counties over $12,000.
Smith also created Pink Magazine for Ever, a magazine that was to enlighten citizens about the issue of breast cancer. Smith sold ads in the magazine, but apparently never printed it; again defrauding entities. Smith has a history of embezzlement, and is currently on Felony probation.
Investigator Abel obtained a warrant for Misapplication of Fiduciary Property $1,500 - $20,000, a State Jail Felony, and a warrant for Deceptive Business Practices, a Class A Misdemeanor. Smith was arrested on October 2, on both charges and is currently being held in the Bastrop County Jail on a $150,000 bond.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office wants to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of breast cancer research. Please do not let this unfortunate event hinder your contributions.