Image: Former Montgomery County Child Welfare Board/CPS President Terri Jaggers, who pled guilty to a Third-Degree Felony, Misapplication of Fiduciary Funds, and Class A Misdemeanor Theft. Jaggers, under the pretext that the raised money for orphans and children in foster care, ran at least two nonprofit organizations from which she and her husband profited immensely.
Conroe, July 11 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to authorize Montgomery County Attorney B.D. Griffin to file suit against former Montgomery County Child Welfare Board/CPS President Terri Jaggers, her husband attorney Pat Jaggers, and others to recover funds stolen from orphans, children in foster care, and nonprofit organizations established to benefit those children. The vote came at the end of the Court meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, after Griffin brief Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s Judge,” and the four County Commissioners in a secret executive session.
After the Commissioners Court voted to authorize the lawsuit and give discretion to Griffin with respect to the people and entities whom the County government would sue, County Judge Mark Keough nominated four individuals to become Board members of the Child Welfare Board/CPS all of whose previous members had resigned in the wake of the Jaggers scandal. By law, the Child Welfare Board must have between 7 and 15 members, but Griffin explained that appointing 4 members would at least allow the Board to operate with a working quorum for the purpose of conducting business, as the Board awaits appointment of all of its new members.
The four individuals who the Commissioners Court unanimously appointed to the Board were Sue Watkins, Elizabeth Chappell, Kyle Kackey, and Matthew Burton.
Watkins is a renowned marriage counselor who previously served as the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Assistance Center North and as an Associate Pastor at Woods Edge Community Church. Watkins and her husband Dave have been actively involved in management of foster care organizations for a long time, although they do not derive any financial gain from their nonprofit work. Watkins is the Chair of the Love Fosters Hope Board of Directors.
Elizabeth Chappell was a successful realtor in The Woodlands and south Montgomery County before she decided to become a full-time volunteer for foster care organizations. Chappell serves on the Love Foster Hope Board and on the Board of Angel Reach.
Kyle Lackey is the Executive Director of The Orphan Care Network, a position he has held since 2017. The purpose of The Orphan Care Network is to create relationships between churches and orphaned children.
Matthew Burton is a businessman who, along with his wife, is actively involved as a volunteer in foster care organizations. Burton holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University School of Business, worked as a missionary in Mexico City, and has held jobs in the financial services industry.
The appointments by Keough of those four individuals are refreshingly apolitical. All four of the appointments are individuals who have devoted substantial portions of their lives to foster children in a volunteer capacity.
That’s quite a change from Jaggers who used the foster care “industry” as an engine to push money in her direction, particularly through the referral of legal matters to her attorney husband Pat Jaggers, who primarily practices adoption law. In addition to taking money for herself and her husband from her nonprofits and from the County’s taxpayers, Jaggers also provided jobs for her son and helped local politicians, such as disgraced former County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley raise political funds.
United States Congressman Kevin Brady had filmed two different videos during which he called Jaggers “the JJ Watt of Texas Foster Care.” Of course, those comparisons are grossly unfair to Mr. Watt.
Jaggers signed a written confession.
As part of a plea agreement, Terri Jaggers was sentenced to the following:
Misapplication of Fiduciary Property(3rdDegree Felony):
- 7 Years Deferred Adjudication Probation – 9thDistrict Court
- Pay a $1,000.00 Fine / Serve 3 Days in the Montgomery County Jail
- Resign from all leadership Board positions, including the Montgomery County Child Welfare and CPS Boards, Hope’s Path, Pay It Forward, and the Texas Foster Family Association
- Pay $43,612.07 in Restitution to the Montgomery County CPS Board
- Pay $47,703.27 in Orphan Care Solutions remaining funds to the Montgomery County CPS Board
- Formally dissolve and terminate Orphan Care Solutions as a organization and 501(c)3 nonprofit
- Purchase a Generac Standby Generator (approximately value of $20,000.00) for Hope’s Path
- Transfer remaining Orphan Care Solutions vehicles and tangible property to Hope’s Path
- Agree to no future leadership involvement in 501(c)3 nonprofits or child welfare/orphan care/or foster care organizations
Theft (Class ‘A’ Misdemeanor):
- Straight Conviction / Serve 3 Days in the Montgomery County Jail.