Fort Worth

Longtime Tarrant County Judge Indicted

Prosecutors say Justice of the Peace Jacqueline Wright filed false homestead exemptions

A longtime Tarrant County judge has been indicted on four felony charges for falsely claiming homestead exemptions to avoid paying property taxes even though she did not live in the homes, according to an indictment.

Justice of the Peace Jacqueline Wright surrendered at the Parker County Jail on Wednesday.

Her bond was set at $2,500.

The indictment showed she had claimed a homestead exemption on a home in the 6100 block of Ivy Hill Road in Fort Worth but did not live there.

She was indicted on one count of theft and three counts of tampering with a government record.

Wright, 71, served as JP in western Tarrant County for 28 years.

She lost re-election in May to Lake Worth police officer Chris Gregory but was serving the remainder of her term through Dec. 31.

Wright was publicly rebuked by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct four years ago for posting an obscene message on Facebook directed at her opponent and offering a court favor in a pending criminal case.

She could not immediately be reached Wednesday for comment on her indictment.

Contact Us