State sues Texas Highway Patrol Museum in S.A.
By John Tedesco, email@example.com
Updated 07:35 p.m., Monday, December 19, 2011
Attorney General Greg Abbott has sued organizations tied to the Texas Highway Patrol Museum in San Antonio, accusing them of illegally soliciting donations from the public and wasting money on trips, liquor and “exorbitant” pet care for a cat.
Contrary to its official-sounding name, the highway patrol museum at South Alamo and St. Mary's streets is not affiliated with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Actually it's a telemarketing organization that raises millions of dollars in the name of helping DPS troopers.
But Abbott's lawsuit, filed in Travis County last week, alleged that few benefits were actually paid to troopers, and donors' funds were misspent on cigars, liquor, meals, vacations and cars.
Money from donors was spent on “exorbitant vet bills” for an “office cat” that was kept at an Austin office.
Tim Tierney, executive vice president of the organizations tied to the museum, said the expenses were justified because the cat kept employees happy, according to the lawsuit.
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Battle Of The Johns: The Morton Exoneration John Raley 22 John Bradley 1
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