Former Texas Justice of the Peace Admits Stealing Funds

Federal prosecutors say a former North Texas justice of the peace faces up to 10 years in federal prison after admitting to stealing more than $40,000 from Archer County by keeping a portion of the fines people paid to him.

Prosecutors say 63-year-old Joseph Charles Boyle pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

He also faces a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced in March and could be ordered to pay restitution.

Boyle resigned Monday as Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 in Holliday, located near Wichita Falls. In that role, he could impose fines for a variety of violations.

Prosecutors say Boyle would report to the county that the amount received as payment for the fines was less than the amount he received.

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