Lufkin police have arrested a second former pawnshop employee accused of giving deceptive loans for cash payouts.

Linda Gayl Ibarra, 39, of Lufkin, is charged with theft of property in an amount between $2,500 and $30,000. LPD arrested her late Tuesday and she posted bond Wednesday afternoon.

Ibarra had worked at InstaCash Pawn in Lufkin when the store did an audit in December 2018, the affidavit for her arrest states. The audit found numerous falsified loans beginning in October of 2018 and implicated Ibarra and former employee Margarita Hernandez-Barrios of writing loans with overstated weights and carats for gold and silver at a total loss of $10,856 to the shop.

In some instances, it appeared Ibarra had written loans on costume jewelry with little to no value while claiming the jewelry as authentic. Some of the loans written by Ibarra were to family members.

During an interview with investigators, Ibarra denied making false loans, but did note on one instance she had renewed a loan for her mother without her mother being present to sign the loan. Ibarra said she had her mother’s permission in renewing the loan.

Shop management told LPD both employees were trained in the performance of her duties on testing and weighing jewelry for accurate weight and authenticity in descriptions.

Austin King’s email address is austin.king@lufkindailynews.com.

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