Texas police chief arrested and resigns after alleged ‘fraudulent marriage annulment’ cited in viral Facebook post


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STINNETT, Texas (NewsNation now) – After a Facebook post went viral claiming a Texas police chief was “living a double/triple life” and cited allegedly bogus cancellation documents, that chief resigned on Thursday and was arrested by the Texas Rangers.

NewsNation affiliate KAMR is now reporting the former Jason Collier, Stinnett Police Chief was originally placed on administrative leave on Wednesday, with the city saying in a statement it was aware of “the current situation” surrounding Collier as they investigate possible violations of the city’s employment policy .

The Texas Rangers arrested Collier on Thursday after being called to investigate earlier in the week. Hutchinson County Sheriff’s officials said Collier faces a charge of tampering with a government record with intent to defraud or cause harm.

“Collier allegedly texted the victim with a fraudulent government record attached. The document was a fraudulent marriage annulment,” the Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. said Cindy Barkley.

In the original Facebook post that went viral, Cecily Steinmetz of Amarillo, Texas, said she was engaged to Collier before learning he was married. She alleged that Collier presented her with a false document stating that her marriage had been annulled. Her post includes a photo of the document, and she explained in an interview with KAMR:

“He was like, Well, you know, I’m going to get you the cancellation and he’s like, wait. And I was like, okay, you know, let me see it then, and he sent it to me. And I told him, I said, Well, I’m not going to take this at face value, I’m going to check with Potter County,” Steinmetz said. “I didn’t think he was in the right position to present people with a fake document like that.”

The image of the document Steinmetz provided to KAMR claims to be filed in the 108th District Court. Judge Doug Woodburn presides over this tribunal. KAMR reached out and shared with him the photo of the cancellation document that Steinmetz claimed Collier sent him.

“No matches exist under this case name or number. Our case numbers are completely different, consisting of a 0 followed by 6 digits, starting with 7 or 8,” Judge Woodburn said by text Thursday. “Ma court is followed by the letter E. This is a fake.”

When asked what she hoped to accomplish by posting about Collier, Steinmetz said she wanted to raise awareness locally and hold Collier accountable.

“As per city policy, we will refrain from commenting on personal staff issues in a public forum,” Stinnett City Manager Durk Downs said Wednesday, noting the city is taking the situation seriously.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Barkely said Collier’s bail was set at $10,000.

NewsNation affiliate KAMR and reporter Kaley Green contributed to this report


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