Jasper County Tax Assessor Collector Bobby Biscamp said Thursday that he believed the accusations brought against him by his former employee, Cindy Stephenson, were part of a conspiracy within the Jasper County Courthouse; a claim that Stephenson adamantly denied as the two faced off on KJAS radio on Thursday morning.
An investigation apparently began in 2016, when Stephenson, who served as one of Biscamp’s deputies, reported to County Treasurer Rene Kelly that Biscamp was guilty of theft. In addition, Biscamp also said that Stephenson claimed he had made improper sexual advances towards her, a claim that she has neither confirmed nor denied.
Following the allegations by Stephenson, Jasper County Officials reportedly decided to turn the case over to the Texas Rangers Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Attorney General for investigation and possible prosecution. However, at the same time, attorneys from the county’s insurance carrier were apparently called on to assist in the matter.
Since that time, Biscamp had claimed that Stephenson was told by others within the County Courthouse to go home with full pay and benefits until the matter was settled, where she stayed until Biscamp told the County Commissioners that he could no longer continue for her to be paid out of his budget.
According to Biscamp, Stephenson, who is now challenging his bid for re-election, received almost $300,000 in pay, benefits and a settlement from the County and it’s insurance carrier, an amount that Stephenson denied. However, late Thursday, Jasper County Judge Mark Allen said he did not know the exact figure, but he believed that Stephenson receive around $125,000 from the County’s insurance carrier.
Apparently the first time the case was taken to the Jasper Grand Jury, the jurors opted to no bill Biscamp. However, a few months later another case was presented by the Attorney General’s Office and the Grand Jury handed down an indictment charging Biscamp with Theft by a Public Servant and Securing Execution of a Document by Deception.
However, a change in the story came on Wednesday when the AG’s office announced that it did not believe that enough evidence existed to prosecute Biscamp and they would be filing a motion asking that all charges against Biscamp be dropped.
The Judge that is presiding over the case, K. Michael Mayes of the 410th District Court in Montgomery County announced on Thursday that he would hear the motion on Friday, February 28th at 10:30 AM in the District Courtroom of the Jasper County Courthouse.
The question that many are now asking is how did the County and it’s insurance carrier end up paying Stephenson for two years of paid leave and benefits plus $125,000, even though Biscamp has not been found guilty or convicted of any crime or misconduct?
Allen said that the contract between Jasper County and it’s insurance carrier allowed the insurance company to settle out of court without the approval of county leaders.