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October 24, 2013

Jenkins’ lawyer ordered to return fees

Corsicana — When Sandy Jenkins got fired from the Collin Street Bakery, accused of stealing more than $16 million from the bakery’s bank accounts over the course of eight years, he immediately wrote a check for $80,000 to a Dallas-area lawyer.

On Wednesday, lawyers for the Collin Street Bakery filed papers claiming that Jenkins hired his defense attorney with money he stole from his former employer — and they want the money back.

Jenkins, the former controller for the bakery who was responsible for writing checks and reconciling the bank accounts, is accused of using bakery checks to pay his own debts, and living large from those much deeper pockets. Jenkins earned just under $50,000 a year working for the bakery. However, FBI forensic accountants have followed a big, wide paper trail of receipts and checks that show he was spending about $250,000 a month on luxuries such as Rolex watches, furs, artwork, luxury cars, and private jet flights to a second home in Santa Fe, N.M.

When a clerk in the bakery uncovered a discrepancy in the bakery’s accounts on June 20, the scheme fell apart, unraveling literally overnight as the bakery staff tried to figure out how deep the problem lay. The next day, Jenkins was confronted and he was fired.

That same day he wrote a check from his Chase bank account for $80,000 to Brett Stalcup in Addison. The next day, he wrote a $20,000 check from his Bank of America account, and sent another Bank of American cashier’s check for $50,000, to Stalcup. He’d gotten two Bank of America cashier’s checks for $50,000 each on June 21, and those also ended up with Stalcup.

On June 28, he wrote a $25,000 check to Stalcup from his Century Bank account, a New Mexico bank.

On July 3, the Collin Street Bakery got a temporary restraining order against Jenkins, which was supposed to stop him from using any of his bank accounts or credit cards, on the argument that the money was stolen from the bakery.

Still, on July 9, he wrote another check to Stalcup from his Century Bank account.

In six payments, Jenkins gave Stalcup $295,000, and two Rolex watches. Of that, local attorney Steve Keathley got $10,000 to help coordinate the local filings and other services. Keathley resigned as Jenkins’ lawyer last Friday and returned the $10,000 to the court to hold until the case is settled between Jenkins and the bakery.

In response to the bakery’s request, a federal judge has ordered Stalcup to return $190,000 of the money he got from Jenkins to the court clerk, and to deliver the two luxury watches to the FBI no later than Oct. 30.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” to this article? Email: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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