Two former Port Arthur employees sentenced for theft
Two former Port Arthur city employees were sentenced for theft from the city Tuesday, Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens said.
John Tomplait, 54, the city’s former assistant water utilities director, received five years probation and a $500 fine for theft by a public service. He will pay more than $1,200 in restitution, Stevens said.
According to a probable cause affidavit from his January 2016 arrest, Tomplait was accused of stealing copper from the city’s Water Department during five separate incidents between 2009 and 2012.
Carleton Edwards, 50, former streets superintendent, pleaded guilty to theft as well, and was sentenced to serve 30 days, as well as five years probation, and “about $1,200 to $1,300” restitution, Stevens said.
Edwards was using a city credit card to buy gasoline for his personal vehicle, according to District Attorney Bob Wortham.
He was one of three employees fired from the City of Port Arthur Public Works in October 2015 for using a city fuel card for personal vehicles, City Manager Brian MacDougal said in November 2015.
“Those were plea deals struck by the parties and I agreed with both,” Stevens said.