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Two former employees convicted of theft agree to plea deal

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Two former City of Corpus Christi employees who pleaded guilty to stealing $100,000 from the city agreed to a plea deal Thursday.

Derek Herzog, former beach superintendent, and Michael Smith, former lifeguard supervisor, struck a deal with prosecutors that will allow them to avoid jail time.

So far, both have paid $50,000 back to the city and have a year to pay the other $50,000 they owe. They were also sentenced to five years of probation as part of the deal.

Herzog and Smith were fired in 2014 for mishandling tax dollars. The city said the two used city-issued credit cards to buy personal items. They were accused of purchasing four ATVs for the Parks and Recreation Department with an extended warranty, then took the money for the warranty and bought a fifth ATV for personal use. They were also accused of creating a "ghost employee," who was getting paid by the city, while the men took money for themselves.

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