Former judge released from Lubbock Co Jail - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Former judge released from Lubbock Co Jail

Jeffrey Driver, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Jeffrey Driver, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

By James Clark | email  

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The former Municipal Judge of Buffalo Springs Lake is now free on bond after being arrested Wednesday.  Jeffrey Driver, 48, was indicted by a Lubbock County Grand Jury this week on a charge of "misapplication of fiduciary property."  

A lawyer from the office of Texas Attorney General has been named as the special prosecutor in Driver's case and the A.G. has not yet responded to a request for more information. 

The indictment says that Driver "intentionally or knowingly" misapplied money that belongs to the Buffalo Springs Lake Volunteer Fire Department.  The indictment says he did so "for his personal benefit." 

The specific dollar amount is not listed by it ranges between $1,500 to $20,000.  Officials at Buffalo Springs told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that Driver has ceased to be Judge before they came to work for the lake.   The indictment claims that the offense was between February 2007 and October 2007, which would have been at least three years after he had left the bench.

Officials did we found late Thursday did not know why Driver had moved on to another job.

According to an organization called the Texas State Interoperability Executive Committee Driver has also served at some point as the Assistant Chief of the volunteer fire department.

We were not able to find Driver by phone and he has not yet responded to an email request for comment.

Driver made news more than 10 years ago when he was sanctioned by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.  The Commission in December 1999 accused Driver of wrongfully assessing fines in cases based upon laws that had been repealed.  Driver was made to attend continuing education as part of his penalty. 

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