On Tuesday, law enforcement arrested Sabra Kathryn Young on an outstanding warrant of aggregate theft as a result of a case filed by the Dallas District Attorney's office. This is a public step in a situation that has cast a dark shadow over the Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals for the past two years.
Young, 52, allegedly misappropriated funds in excess of $100,000 during her involvement with the Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals. According to sources, Young was initially hired as an office administrator in August 2005 and in 2009 she segued to volunteer status after she had been elected as the president of the board of directors.
The first signs of the missing funds occurred on August 19, 2011 when a board member asked for an accounting of the current balance from the organization's bank.
Sources state that due to the almost 300 volunteer hours dedicated between August and November of 2011 to address the forensic accounting to understand where the missing funds had gone, that data was then submitted to the Dallas District Attorneys office in December of that year.
The DA's office determined that there was a potential crime and, after almost 18 months of hard work, presented their case to the Dallas grand jury in July of this year. Young was indicted by the grand jury and an arrest warrant issued.
For the past 39 years the Texas Association of Film/Tape Professionals (TAFTP) has been a workhorse of an organization providing a database that crew members have relied upon to keep their information easily accessible to producers of films and television series that brought their projects to Texas.
TAFTP was also a driving force in establishing the Texas Motion Picture Alliance and has provided countless volunteers to visit Austin to lobby for the much needed tax-incentives that benefit all members of the Texas film community.
In July of 2013, at around the same time the DA was about to go before the grand jury, a new board was elected to TAFTP and one of their first actions was to change the organization's name to better reflect the direction the industry as a whole was moving.
The new name selected was Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals (TAMMP).
With a new board seated and organization name, the volunteer staff and board of directors involved with TAMMP are quickly moving ahead to continue working to improve their online directory and promote Texas filmmaking statewide.
On Sunday, TAMMP held their first state-wide board meeting to the public and were able to disclose key items that had transpired over the past two years regarding the pending criminal case the DA's office was working regarding Young and their goals for the future.
Attendees at the board meeting were pleased to learn that the organization is committed to remaining a driving force supporting and promoting filmmaking in Texas and serving the crew members that are such an integral force of the industry.
Disclosure: Raine Devries is a volunteer on the board of directors of Texas Association of Motion Media Professionals. Any information stated in this article does not reflect the official opinion of TAMMP on any outstanding legal issues. All information contained in this article was gathered as a result of attendance at the state board meeting which was open to the public on Sunday, September 15, 2013, the Dallas District Attorney's office, and media requests to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office.