Former official now out on bail

‘Tampering’ charge filed

Orsag Orsag Milam County’s former treasurer is free on $10,000 bond after being charged with covering up an alleged theft of funds.

Donna Orsag, 56, of Cameron, was booked in the Milam County Jail, and released after posting the bond last Wednesday, the day after she was charged with tampering/ fabricating physical evidence.

The charge stems from an allegation that Orsag took money from Bea’s Kitchen deposits to the county, then destroyed emails and records that included daily deposit sheets and emails.

Prosecutor Bill Torrey said the county receives funds from various sources including the Williams Foundation/ Bea’s Kitchen to provide lunches, reduced costs for those over 65. “Lunches are paid for in cash, primarily,” he said.

‘HARDSHIPS’—An arrest affidavit, filed by Chief Deputy Sheriff Chris White, indicated Orsag had confessed to taking the money, citing “financial hardships.”

It’s believed $294 was taken, and has been paid back, according to the prosecutor’s office.

In addition to the tamper- ing charge, a theft charge is anticipated, according to Torrey. He said the degree of the theft charge won’t be determined until the results of a forensic audit determine how much is involved.

Orsag resigned Sept. 25 after being advised she was under investigation by the sheriff’s department.

‘FLOATING’—The affidavit states County Auditor Danica Lara contacted the sheriff’s office Sept. 13 to say she recognized the treasurer was “floating” money.

Torrey said the language in the allegation was used to indicate the investigator believed the defendant was essentially loaning themselves money at no interest.

White requested records and concluded “hundreds of emails and documents were erased from the computer’s hard drive while it was in the Defendant’s (Orsag’s) possession...”

He also concluded “at least three of the documents that had been destroyed by the defendant were directly related to a portion of the investigation of theft of monies that the Defendant claimed to have had no knowledge of, and further, of not committing.”

Torrey said investigators got a copy of the information on Orsag’s hard drive before the deletions occurred. “We will compare before with after,” he said.

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