(CMR) Marlene Ingrid Bovell, a 53-year-old former Cayman resident, was recently fired from her job as assistant district attorney after lying on her job application about a local conviction.
Reports are that Bovell was fired from her recent appointment as an assistant district attorney with the Harris County DA's office after it was discovered that she lied on her job application after just days on the job.
The DA's office issued a statement that Marlene Bovell was fired Wednesday for lying on her employment application. She started Monday as an assistant district attorney assigned to the misdemeanor division. When asked on her Harris County District Attorney Office job application if she had ever been arrested or convicted of a crime anywhere aside from minor traffic violations, she responded “No.”
She admitted Wednesday that she had not been truthful on the application.
It was a short stink that puzzled Harris County's Chief Public Defender Alex Bunin.
“I was surprised to hear it because they do a good background check, and things like that don't happen very often,”
According to the DA's office, prior to her being hired, Bovell's background was checked through data bases traditionally used by law enforcement to determine if a person has been previously arrested or convicted of a crime. The databases returned no information to indicate she'd had any previous encounters with law enforcement.
The state's Texas Board of Law Examiners actually licenses lawyers and is responsible for background. The State Bar of Texas manages membership and licenses that have been approved via the board.
Bovell matches the name and age of a woman convicted of theft in the Cayman Islands. Local reports said she stole $6,000.
As it turns out Marlene Bovell-Swanson was found guilty after a trial in Summary Court in February 2009 by Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale. Bovell was given a 21-month sentence for writing multiple cheques to herself when she was the director of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. At some point she worked in social services.
Bovell, a graduate of the Cayman Islands Law School, wrote three cheques to herself using her middle and maiden names, Ingrid Welch, and then giving them to crisis centre directors for their signatures.
She gave evidence in her trial that board of directors chairman Len Layman entered into this illegitimate agreement with her to allow her to take extra money for consultancy services but to keep it a secret from other board members. Mr. Layman gave evidence there was no such agreement.
Apparently Bovell acquired an L.LM in 2015 from the University of Houston Law Center claiming to be from the United Kingdom. Read more here