While Rachel Morgan, the former Grayson Crisis Center executive director arrested for theft, is awaiting extradition in Massachusetts, her attorney issued a statement on her behalf Monday.
Leslie Salter, the Massachusetts attorney representing the former director, issued a statement via email that Morgan said, “I had no knowledge that there was a warrant issued for me from the state of Texas. I first became aware of the warrant upon my arrest on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. It is my understanding that bond has been preset by Texas and I am anxious to get to Texas, post bond and be reunited with my family.”
Morgan was arrested on Jan. 18 in Salem, Massachusetts, on a fugitive from justice charge for a warrant issued the day before out of Sherman. Sherman Police alleged that Morgan stole about $9,000 from the Crisis Center from March 2014 to October 2016.
Morgan resigned as executive director in November 2016 and was recently hired by Healing Abuse, Working for Change — a domestic violence agency in Massachusetts. Morgan was hired to become HAWC’s executive director, but after Morgan’s arrest, the agency’s board voted to terminate her. HAWC’s officials said last week that Morgan did begin working for the agency, but she had not yet assumed the duties of executive director.
Sherman Police said Morgan allegedly filed fictitious travel claims and received reimbursements from those claims. Police also said she kept reimbursements from actual travel that should have been forwarded back to the Crisis Center.
Morgan was arraigned in Salem District Court last week, and she pleaded not guilty to the fugitive from justice charge, The Salem News reported. Salter said in a previous email that her client had a right to fight extradition, but she waived that right.
The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office will be making the arrangements to transport Morgan to Sherman, and Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sarah Bigham previously said they normally have 30 days to arrange that transport.