A former Dallas police officer was sentenced Monday to nearly four years in federal prison for defrauding Crime Stoppers of at least $250,000 in the years that she oversaw the popular cash-for-tips program.
U.S. District Judge David Godbey called Theadora Ross’ crime an “outrageous betrayal of the public trust” in handing down a 46-month sentence. The judge said he likely would have given her a harsher sentence if not for the fact that she has an adult daughter with Down syndrome and other health problems who relies on her for care.
But Godbey said it appeared Ross was motivated by greed and not concern for her daughter.
“This went on for years, and she recruited other people to help her in this criminal enterprise,” Godbey said. “I wonder if she thought about what would happen to her daughter if she got caught.”