The Associated Press
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - A former employee in the city's personnel department is accused of giving confidential information about police officers to drug manufacturers and users to help eliminate her ex-husband's drug debt.
Tiffany Marie Green, 22, was charged Friday with tampering with a governmental record, a second-degree felony. She was free Saturday on $100,000 bond.
Police said Green gave the drug manufacturers and users personal details about at least eight officers, including their addresses and Social Security numbers. Some of the officers work in narcotics and some do undercover work.
The police department learned of the problem on Dec. 4 when officers booking a man into the Wichita County Jail found an interoffice memo with confidential police information among his belongings.
According to Green's arrest affidavit, she was assigned to put personal information sheets in envelopes and send them to the correct city departments using interoffice mail. The memo that was found at the jail had never been mailed from personnel.
Green sobbed as she apologized at her Friday hearing.
"I'm sorry for that, I am," she said.
Wichita Falls Police Chief Dennis Bachman said he did not know how many lists had been circulated. Investigators found at least one handwritten copy.
He said investigators do not know what the drug manufacturers and users planned to do with the information, but he speculated their motives could include identity theft or burglary.
"The officers are very upset, of course," Deputy Chief Gerald Todd said.
City Personnel Director Jan Stricklin said the system already has safeguards, but more probably will be added.