A U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested a former Waco Association of Realtors employee Tuesday who is accused of embezzling more than $53,000 from the association over a three-year period, an arrest affidavit states.

An audit revealed Sharron Ann Jones, 65, of Waco, embezzled $53,010.14 between January 2013 and December 2015, according to the affidavit. Jones wrote unauthorized checks from the association made out to "cash" and deposited them in a personal account during the three-year period, the affidavit states.

Jones left her position with the association during the police investigation, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. He is unsure what Jones' title was.

The association has been cooperating with police, Swanton said.

Authorities arrested Jones Tuesday and took her to McLennan County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of theft over $30,000, but under $150,000. She later posted a $3,000 bond and was released from custody.

Police said the investigation remains ongoing.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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