Covington police chief jailed on prescription fraud charge

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 11:24 PM

Covington, Texas

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The police chief in the Hill County town of Covington — 12 miles north of Hillsboro — is jailed in Johnson County and charged with one count of prescription fraud.

Three weeks ago, Chief  Wade Laurence was the subject of a News 8 investigation. A large group of Covington residents — including two City Council members — complained that Laurence had, in effect, taken over the town and terrorized residents who crossed him.

The chief was also accused of prescription fraud.

After a three-week investigation, the Texas Rangers made an arrest on Tuesday.

Laurence's bond was set at $20,000.

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