Conroe, June 28 – In the Netherlands, it is a tradition that when someone celebrates their birthday, they give gifts to their closest friends rather than the other way of gift giving which is traditional in the United States. Montgomery County Attorney B.D. Griffin celebrates his birthday today and reveals his likely Dutch heritage by giving a gift to his 577,000 closest friends, the citizens of Montgomery County.
Griffin announced today that he will seek justice for for children in the Child Protective Services and foster care programs in Montgomery County by filing a civil action against Jaggers and others to recover funds and property, which the criminal justice proceeding didn’t recover. Jaggers pled guilty to one Felony County of Misapplication of Fiduciary Property and one Misdemeanor County of Theft on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and spent a few hours in the Montgomery County Jail on a three-day sentence. Jaggers is President of Orphan Care Solutions of Texas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Montgomery County Child Welfare Board to which the Commissioners Court appointed her, and the Montgomery County CPS Board to which the Commissioners Court also appointed her.
Jaggers’ guilty plea concluded the criminal case but Griffin has made clear that he will file a lawsuit to assess civil liability and recover from Jaggers and others, including possibly her husband Patrick Jaggers, an attorney who has specialized in adoptions and received many referrals from Jaggers and her organizations. Griffin will ask the Montgomery County Commissioners Court at its July 9, 2019, meeting to authorize proceeding against Jaggers, her husband Patrick Jaggers, Orphan Care Solutions, and “other culpable parties,” as Griffin explained in a press release he issued.
County Attorney Griffin said, “It is unacceptable to prey on the most vulnerable citizens of Montgomery County. This office is dedicated to representing the interests of children that have been abused and neglected. It is unjust that persons entrusted with County resources and funds to support the children would intentionally misuse those funds for their own personal benefit.”
Griffin told The Golden Hammer in an interview earlier this afternoon that Jaggers and her husband were likely civil lawsuit defendants and that his office is considering others as well. Hopefully, the members of the Commissioners Court, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, who have maintained close social relationship with Jaggers, will recuse themselves from any vote on whether to authorize the County Attorney’s Office to proceed.
Amy Dunham, Chief of the Civil Division of the County Attorney’s Office, added, “Montgomery County provides funding for programs designed to assist and support children who have endured horrific situations and abuse. It is appalling that funds intended to be used for school supplies, clothing, and to give children in CPS of foster care a sense of normalcy, would be used for outdoor kitchens, vacations, and luxury items.”
Happy Birthday, Mr. County Attorney, B.D. Griffin!