Chambers County, April 27 – Jefferson County (Beaumont) Sheriff Zena Harrison, former Sheriff candidate Ray Beck, and former Sheriff candidate Joe Stevenson were indicted by a Chambers County Grand Jury today and arrested for campaign finance violations.
The Chambers County Grand Jury unsealed indictments against the three that resulted from a related federal investigation. Federal officials contacted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who worked with the Texas Rangers to investigate the case and pursue the criminal charges.
Sheriff Stephens, 52, was charged with a state jail felony charge of tampering with a government record and two Class A misdemeanor charges of accepting cash contributions exceeding $100 according to the release. Her bond was set at $5,000.
Beck, 67, a retired Beaumont Police officer, was charged with two Class A misdemeanors for accepting a cash contribution exceeding $100 and failure to return a political contribution according to the release.
Stevenson, 59, the Chief Deputy at the Jefferson County Precinct One Constables’ office, has also been charged with a Class A misdemeanor for accepting a cash contribution exceeding $100 the release said.
Both Beck and Stevenson’s bonds are each set at $2,500.
A high level officer in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office who brought this case to the attention of The Golden Hammer this evening said, on the condition of anonymity, “The Harrison case is important. All law enforcement officers should take heed that they are not above the law and are subject to indictment and arrest.”