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Hideaway Lake employee arrested, Smith Co. Sheriff clears up rumors

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(KYTX) - Tuesday, members of the Smith County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division served an arrest warrant charging Christopher Eugene Meador, age 44, with the felony offense of theft in conjunction with a 4-month-long investigation.

"I want to clear up some confusion relating to statements that some individuals outside of the Sheriff's Office are making regarding this investigation," said Sheriff Larry Smith. "This investigation has been focused on an individual who happened to be employed by Hideaway and was by no means an all-encompassing investigation into Hideaway."

The arrest warrant was issued by Judge Christi Kennedy, Judge of the 114th Judicial District Court, relating to documents that were allegedly falsified regarding tree-cutting services Meador was connected with inside Hideaway, which is a gated community near I-20 in Smith County.

The allegations include that Meador, on more than one occasion, verbally contracted with an individual for sole rights to cut trees in the community, providing Meador received a portion of the money.

Meador's bond was set at $10,000 and he is currently being booked in to the Smith County Jail.

The investigation continues and no additional information is being released pending its outcome.

Statement from Christopher Meador's attorney:

"I was shocked to learn of my client's arrest this morning.  I read the search warrant affidavit from August of this year and it was void of any corroborating evidence of wrongdoing by Mr. Meador. It contained nothing more than bare assertions by a convicted felon of illegal kickbacks on jobs completed.  I have made numerous attempts to maintain an open line of communication with the Smith County Sheriff's Office to no avail.  I contacted the District Attorney's office today, and they knew nothing of Mr. Meador's arrest.  The Sheriff's Office had not kept them informed either.  I obtained the arrest warrant affidavit filed today (October 1, 2013) and it contains new allegations of fraudulent invoices (for jobs not performed) submitted by the same convicted felon.  This was a completely different claim than he made in previous statements and again uncorroborated by any evidence set forth in the affidavit.   It is unfortunate the effect this hasty arrest will have on my client's good name."

Greg Waldron - Attorney for Christopher Meador

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