William Keith Boyett

A former Missouri City police officer is being accused of taking money from Interim City Manager Bill Atkinson, court records show.

A Fort Bend County grand jury on June 21 indicted William Keith Boyett, of Seabrook, who is charged with one count of theft of property between $750 and $2,500 and one count of tampering with government records with the intent to defraud or harm, according to court filings.

Details contained in the twin indictments against Boyett are scant, and officials with Missouri City declined to comment about the pending criminal charges against the longtime officer.

The city has no response because it involves a pending legal matter, said Stacie Walker, spokesperson for the city.

Boyett retired from the Missouri City Police Department in September 2020, Walker said.

Boyett on his LinkedIn page says he has been a member of the Missouri City Police Department since 1994, and has been the president of the Missouri City Police Officers Association since 2014.

Boyett is accused of taking between $750 and $2,500 from Atkinson between June 30 and July 20, 2020 using his status as a public servant, according to the theft charge. He is also accused of entering 34 hours that he didn’t work into his timesheet, according to the tampering indictment.

His total bond was set at $5,000, according to the indictments.

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