Former Port of Houston IT director accused of theft


Two men were charged with felonies Thursday in connection with that missing money. One is a former high level official there. The other, the owner of a computer services company who claimed to be doing business there.

Robert Carl Prohl was formerly the senior IT director at the Port Authority. He's charged with three theft felonies, accused of stealing more than $200,000 in cash from the Port Authority's managing director of internal audit.

That allegedly happened from August 2010 to January 2013.

His co-defendant, Richard Wallingford, is charged with tampering with a governmental record, making up a payment invoice to the Port of Houston Authority for $23,560 back in 2011.

The Port Authority released a statement that reads,

    "Felony charges have been filed against a former employee of the Port of Houston Authority by the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

    Following an internal investigation of alleged theft, conducted by the Port Authority's Internal Audit and Security departments, the Port Authority contacted the District Attorney's office.

    The Port Authority is cooperating with the District Attorney's office in prosecuting the case.

    Since this is a pending criminal matter, all questions should be directed to the District Attorney's office."

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