Man Accused Of Stealing Taxpayer Dollars

A former Texoma businessman is accused is stealing taxpayer dollars from Henrietta residents. The Clay County Grand Jury indicted Floyd Ben Hilton on 3 counts of Theft Over $1,500-$20,000. He is currently behind bars in Washington County, Arkansas where he awaits extradition.

Prosecutors said Hilton took the money by deceiving the Henrietta Growth Corporation. Officials said in May 2008, he approached the HGC asking for help with renovations to his business, Big Sky Custom Boots. He said the renovations would help him add three positions to the company. The HGC approved $28,000 in incentives, but told Hilton he must provide invoices of completed work before getting any money. Prosecutors said in June 2008, Hilton forged invoices totaling $16,689. Officials said Hilton took off in December of that year, never to return. Authorities found Hilton through an Internet article about a boot business in southwest Arkansas that featured Hilton as master craftsman.

The Clay County DA said the extradition process usually takes three weeks.