Former Cuero city secretary charged with intercepting police emails

  • LISA MORAVITZ TIMELINE

  • •  1999 - Went to work with city of Cuero

    •  2000 - Promoted to Cuero city secretary

    •  2006 - During City Council session, called for resignation of then-mayor W.L. "Buzz" Edge for creating a "hostile work environment" among ...

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  • LISA MORAVITZ TIMELINE

    •  1999 - Went to work with city of Cuero

    •  2000 - Promoted to Cuero city secretary

    •  2006 - During City Council session, called for resignation of then-mayor W.L. "Buzz" Edge for creating a "hostile work environment" among other charges.

    •  2006 - Filed federal lawsuit against city officials

    •  2007 - Federal lawsuit settled. Received $35,000 and kept her job

    •  May 2012 - Suspended, then fired for "security breach"

    •  December 2013 - Indicted, arrested for unlawful interception, use or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications

CUERO - A former Cuero city secretary has been indicted for intercepting police department emails and passing along the information to "people who shouldn't have it," said DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard.

Lisa Moravitz, 39, was indicted by a DeWitt County grand jury Dec. 16 and arrested Saturday on two charges of unlawfully intercepting and using electronic communications, according to court documents.

Those emails, according to the indictments, were from Cuero Police Capt. Steven Ellis to Police Chief Jay Lewis and from Lewis to City Manager Raymie Zella and Mayor Sara Meyer.

Lewis said his department began an internal investigation of Moravitz in May 2012 while she was still the city secretary.

"It was brought to our attention that some information had been divulged to outside sources who should not have the information," said Lewis.

The police chief said once it was determined that the allegations were true, the investigation was turned over to the Texas Rangers.

"It is standard procedure to turn an investigation of this type over to the Rangers," said the police chief.

The indictment names the person Moravitz is said to have given the information she obtained from the emails.

Texas Ranger Troy Wilson led the investigation, Lewis said.

Moravitz was arrested Saturday in Bexar County and released after posting bail on a $50,000 bond.

If convicted, unlawful interception, use or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications is punishable by 180 days to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine.

Before being fired in May 2012, Moravitz had been employed by the city of Cuero since 1999 and city secretary since 2000.

In 2007, Moravitz and the city of Cuero settled a federal lawsuit Moravitz filed in 2006 claiming racketeering by city officials and harassment by a councilman at the time.

She received $35,000 cash and retained her job in the settlement.

She was suspended with pay May 21, 2012, then fired the following week.

Since September 2012, she worked as an administrative assistant at the Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District in Round Rock.