Two Hockley County residents, Michael VanWettering and Loralee VanWettering have been indicted by a Hockley County Grand Jury for the misappropriation of funds between $2,500 and $30,000. The two were arrested and released the same day from the Hockley County Jail after they posted bail of $2,500 each.
The indictment indicates that, in September of 2019 through January 2020, the two defendants misappropriated funds belonging to the Sundown High School Student Council Snack Bar. The two defendants are suspected of misappropriation of $2,500 to $30,000. The case was investigated by the Texas Rangers, after being called in by the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office in January to investigate the Theft of Currency from Sundown ISD.
School administrators believe the two misappropriated $11,000 from the snack bar account. Michael VanWettering was a teacher for Sundown ISD and supervised the Snack Bar Account, his wife Loralee VanWettering was a Sundown ISD School Board member and was suspected of assisting in the misappropriation.