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A Travis County grand jury indicted Rockwall County District Attorney Galen Ray Sumrow on April 10 for three counts of abuse of official capacity, alleging that he deposited thousands of dollars of state money meant for his office in a personal account. The indictment alleges that between 2003 and 2004, Sumrow submitted a direct deposit form to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to have District Attorney Apportionment Funds deposited in his own account. Gregg Cox, head of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit, says the apportionment funds are distributed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to DAs’ offices to help defray the costs of salaries and expenses. But according to Texas Government Code �46.004, those funds cannot be used to bolster the salary of the elected district attorney, Cox says. If convicted on either of the two third-degree felony charges, Sumrow faces between 2 years and 10 years in the state penitentiary. A third charge against Sumrow is a state-jail felony that carries a maximum two-year state jail sentence. Sumrow did not immediately return a call for comment. But Randall “Buck” Wood, a partner in Austin’s Ray, Wood, Fine & Bonilla who represents Sumrow, says his client has done nothing wrong. According to a sworn complaint filed on Feb. 26 by Chris Clark, a Texas Ranger who investigated Sumrow, three checks totaling $68,140 went into Sumrow’s personal account between 2003 and 2004, money which which Sumrow used to pay his routine living expenses including “child support, credit card payments, utilities and numerous Automated Teller Machine withdrawals.” Cox says that according to the indictment the first apportionment check deposited into Sumrow’s account was $34,350. The second and third apportionment checks were for $22,420 and $11,370 respectively. The indictment “alleges that the first amount, he uses for personal a

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