Fort Bend man gets 35 years for laundering more than dirty clothes
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Taggert Michael Mayfield, of Richmond, owned and operated Arrow Community Management with HOA clients across the Houston metropolitan area. When he was arrested for the latest round of Theft, Money Laundering, and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property in 2011, he was already on probation for the same type activity relating to a Mission Bend HOA years before.
At the time of Mayfield’s September 2011 arrest Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said he was being charged with illegally transferring monies from a Katy-area homeowners’ association’s bank account. At the time Haenel said Mayfield had connections to HOAs in the metro area from Pearland, League City, to neighborhoods across Fort Bend County.
“The defendant appeared successful – living the dream,” said Assistant Fort Bend District Attorney Rodolfo Ramirez. “But he really pilfered from hard-working people while he appeared to do an honest day’s labor.” From 2007 into 2011 Mayfield bilked over a million dollars from a dozen different HOAs in the Katy area according to Ramirez. He said, “Mayfield hid his crimes by falsifying reports he made to his clients, but one homeowner’s association became suspicious and filed a complaint with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.” Ramirez said Mayfield lived in a home worth almost a half-million dollars and used the money he bilked from his company to pay for restaurants and vacations.
Research into Taggert Mayfield’s life appears to be that of a family man who was dedicated to his faith and the children of the LDS family to which he belonged. He blogged of good times and of stress. In a post on his blog in early 2009 he wrote, “It all fits. I have struggled as of late, trying to make sure I was going in the right direction, and now I see it. I can see it all unfold before me. I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. I am providing, I am doing my best for my family, I am succeeding.”
On June 2, 2012 Taggert Mayfield entered a plea of guilty to Theft, Money Laundering and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property in the 434th District Court before Presiding Judge James H. Shoemake. All of Mayfield’s crimes are first-degree felonies which were each punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison and a fine(s) up to $10,000. With his plea deal with prosecutors Mayfield was sentenced to 35 years on each offense; he was also sentenced to 10 years on a third-degree Misapplication of Fiduciary Property charge for which he had previously received deferred adjudication probation. Interestingly, under the law, Mayfield was again eligible to receive probation. It was not granted.
Assistant District Attorneys Rodolfo Ramirez and Ali Elam represented the people in this case, Attorney John Mara represented the Mayfield.
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