Conroe, July 9 – Terri Jaggers, President of the Montgomery County Child Welfare Board/Montgomery County CPS Board, has left a complete mess behind her in the wake of her felony conviction for stealing over $110,000 from orphans. Jaggers pled guilty to a Third Degree Felony of Misapplication of Fiduciary Funds and a Class A Misdemeanor of Theft on June 25, 2019.
On June 28, Montgomery County Attorney B.D. Griffin announced that his office intends to sue Jaggers, her husband attorney Pat Jaggers (an adoption attorney who received many referrals from Jaggers’ “nonprofit” organizations), and possibly other entities to recover government funds and possibly other funds as well which were the subject of Jaggers’ defalcations.
On Tuesday, July 9, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court will address two major problems Jaggers left behind her.
First, this newspaper has confirmed that the entire Montgomery County Child Welfare/CPS Board has resigned. At least three of the Board members directly involved themselves with Jaggers’ fundraising activities. The Golden Hammer has confirmed, with one individual in the County Attorney’s Office and one individual among the former Child Welfare Board members, that two of those three Board members are potential targets for civil lawsuits to recover stolen or misapplied funds.
As a result, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough has included an agenda item for the Commissioners Court to “consider, discuss, and take appropriate action on the appointment or appointments of various members of the Child Welfare Board.”
At least two current members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court – Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley and Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador – involved themselves in Jaggers’ fundraising activities. Therefore, the Commissioners Court and County Attorney’s Office should investigate whether Riley and Meador are appropriate targets in the civil lawsuit to recover misappropriated funds.
The second item on the Commissioners Court agenda is “Consider and discuss potential litigation regarding Orphan Care Solutions and related matters.” Clearly, it would be inappropriate for Riley and Meador to participate in those deliberations or any executive session involving those issues.
Jaggers developed close political ties to disgraced former Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Riley, and Meador. As President and Chair of the Child Welfare Board, she oversaw a County Department the current annual budget of which is $112,450. Jaggers also ran at least two nonprofit organizations and fed foster care children adoptions to her husband’s adoption law practice. Despite warnings from this newspaper and others, Doyal, Riley, and Meador continued to fund Jaggers and her organizations.
The Montgomery County Child Welfare and CPS Boards combined receive over $175,000.00 per year of Montgomery County taxpayer funds to support their missions. During the course of the criminal investigation, criminal investigators discovered that over $100,000.00 of those Montgomery County dollars were given to Orphan Care Solutions, Jaggers’ organization, to disburse in its work. Consequently, Jaggers took County funds to make personal purchases.
Jaggers also served as the Executive Director and Board Member of Hope’s Path, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that seeks to support underprivileged youth aging out of the foster care system by providing transitional living and individual personal development. Jaggers also served as the President of the Texas Foster Family Association and with an organization called Pay It Forward at Sam Houston State University. Jaggers is also employed as a professor at Sam Houston State University.
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 on June 28 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 relationships with Jaggers, will recuse themselves from any vote on whether to authorize the County Attorney’s Office to proceed.
Jaggers and her husband enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, while attempting to portray themselves as individuals who worked for orphaned children, some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
The Jaggers loved to host lavish parties under the guise of raising money for orphaned children. The orphans did not attend the parties.
United States Congressman Kevin Brady endorsed Jaggers’ work and encouraged individuals to contribute money to her organizations, even after The Golden Hammer reported financial problems with Jaggers’ nonprofit organizations and raised questions about her sincerity.
Conroe City Councilman Duke Coon attended a National Adoption Day event which Jaggers organized. He attended the event in place of the Mayor who was unavailable that day. Coon said, “I try to operate in an ethical and open matter. My finances are very open.”
Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador socialized with Jaggers and enjoyed her lavish parties where she claimed to raise money for children.
Councilman Duane Ham said, “I was bamboozled like everyone. I would never take money from children. I would never authorize anyone to take money from children for their own personal gain. I was adopted myself and I deeply care for children in the foster system. My fundraiser every year is Angel Reach for children who have aged out of foster care. This situation deeply saddens and I’m am truly distraught over what has happened. It breaks my heart.”
Jaggers should get the last word. Here’s her description of herself at the Texas Foster Care Association website.