Indictment issued

A local woman has been indicted for allegedly stealing at least $150,000 from a painting company in late 2016.

A local woman has been indicted for allegedly stealing at least $150,000 from a painting company in late 2016.

Brandie McManus, 39, of Greenville was arrested by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office early Thursday morning on the warrant issued by the 196th District Court.

McManus was being held late Thursday in the Hunt County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond on the charge of misapplication of fiduciary property valued between $150,000 and $300,000.

The indictment was filed April 26 by a Hunt County grand jury, alleging that on or about Dec. 8, 2016, McManus misapplied funds “that the defendant held as a fiduciary or as a person acting in a fiduciary capacity.”

This was contrary to an agreement under which McManus held the property “in a manner that involved substantial risk of loss of the property,” which belonged to MWH Painting Inc., “by writing and cashing unauthorized checks to herself,” the indictment said.

McManus appeared before Precinct 1, Place 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Monday on Thursday morning for a magistrate’s warning, at which time the indictment was made public.

Court records do not reveal any previous criminal charges for McManus in Hunt County.

As of Thursday evening, an arraignment hearing had not yet been scheduled, and it was unknown whether McManus has an attorney.

The charge is a second-degree felony, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.