Pet adoption worker accused of offering probationer credit hours for cash

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Andrea Jenkins

HOUSTON - A worker at a pet adoption agency is facing bribery charges for allegedly offering a probationer credit for hours worked in exchange for cash.

Court documents state Andrea Ann Jenkins, an employee of the non-profit Adopt-A-Cat Inc., an agency that provides contract services to the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, took money from the woman and granted her credit for community service hours never performed.

The woman, who is on probation in Harris County, told investigators she was ordered to perform 180 hours of community service at Adopt-A-Cat, where Jenkins supervises probationers and documents and certifies the hours worked.

According to court documents, on June 15 Jenkins approached the woman and offered to give her credit in exchange for hours worked -- $10 for one hour credit or $25 for four hours credit. The woman declined and reported the incident to her probation officer.

An investigation began and the woman returned on Aug. 8 and asked Jenkins if the deal was still on. Investigators say Jenkins replied yes and took $80 from the woman in exchange for three days credit, or 12.5 hours.

The woman told police she did not perform the work and identified Jenkins as the person who solicited and accepted the bribe. The president of Adopt-A-Cat verified that Jenkins initialed the woman's sign in sheet for the corresponding dates the woman was supposed to have worked.

Jenkins, 46, is being held on $20,000 bond.

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