Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said investigators arrested Francisco Hernandez-Limon on Wednesday on Rio Hondo Independent School District property.
According to the district’s website, Hernandez-Limon worked as a bookkeeper.
The allegations, however, stem from when Hernandez-Limon worked at Los Fresnos Family Dentistry.
In June 2016, Lucio said that office’s owner contacted him to file a report about $48,000 that was missing from the books.
Investigators later discovered a total of $308,000 that was missing and accuse Hernandez-Limon of stealing it through various methods.
“He found different means to go ahead and take money,” Lucio said at a Thursday news conference.
Hernandez-Limon took cash from Los Fresnos Family Dentistry, forged checks, used the company credit card to charge personal items and gave himself unauthorized bonuses, Lucio explained.
“It didn’t happen overnight,” Lucio said of the allegations.
As far as recovering the stolen money, Lucio said a court may take up restitution and the victim can always try to recover damages through the civil process. Hernandez-Limon was arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday on a charge of misapplication of fiduciary property.
Lucio said the suspect, if convicted, could be sentenced up to 99 years in prison, but not less than five years, and also face a $10,000 fine.