College Station Police Department Quartermaster / Assistant Purchasing Manager Christopher Brannan is the subject of a criminal complaint filed with Chief Scott McCollum on February 6, 2017. The complaint filed by Brazos VIP Publisher David Flash alleges “intentionally deceptive criminal acts committed by Christopher Brannan, Assistant Buyer / Quartermaster for CSPD, that are in violation of Texas Penal Code 37.08 False Report to Peace Officer…and Texas Penal Code 31.04 Theft of Service” on behalf of the business that Mr. Brannan owns, Chrissy’s Massage, LLC.
In response to an emailed copy of the seven page complaint and evidence index, Chief McCollum replied within hours indicating he had ordered an ordered an investigation by the department’s Professional Standards Lieutenant.
David Flash talks through the Criminal Complaint in this facebook video:
Following is the text of the complaint followed by the evidentiary exhibits submitted:
I, David Flash, am a resident of Leander, Texas who has been working and volunteering in College Station, Texas since 1999. Through nearly two decades of practicing response-oriented marketing to help businesses in Aggieland prosper while simultaneously volunteering to make the community a better place, I have come to love the Aggie community and the values it holds dear. I am particularly thankful for peace officers who make the community safer and am proud to have been able to support crime prevention in Brazos County as a Crime Stoppers board member, the designer of the Crime Stoppers logo currently in use, a financial contributor to Crime Stoppers, and a backer of the Night Out in B/CS fundraiser for Constable Bachmann’s family. I love the fact that, in Aggieland, I am not alone in my desire to give both time and resources in service of the community. I equally love the fact that, in Aggieland, selflessness and service-orientation is a core community value, as are integrity and honesty: “Aggies do not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do.”
Unfortunately, the purpose of this letter is request that College Station Police Department initiate an internal investigation into intentionally deceptive criminal acts committed by Christopher Brannan, Assistant Buyer / Quartermaster for CSPD, that are in violation of Texas Penal Code 37.08 False Report to Peace Officer, Federal Special Investigator, or Law Enforcement Employee and Texas Penal Code 31.04 Theft of Service.
These criminal acts were committed on behalf of the business that Mr. Brannan owns and operates with Christina Brannan, his spouse, Chrissy’s Massage, LLC. Evidence indicates that the acts were likely performed at least in part on CSPD premises. CSPD file documents affirm that they were at least in part performed during regular CSPD business hours utilizing City of College Station information technology resources, i.e. official city firstname.lastname@example.org email account. Given the location of some acts, a CSPD-owned computer or device was likely used in their commission. Enclosed with this complaint is documentation affirming that Mr. Brannan is registered as the owner of Chrissy’s Massage, LLC with the Texas Secretary of State.
CSPD Supplementary Report Service No. 2016-009644 filed by Detective Patricia Marty details statements made and affirmed by Christopher Brannan on September 12, 2016 in violation of Texas Penal Code 37.08 False Report to Peace Officer, Federal Special Investigator, or Law Enforcement Employee. Detective Marty’s report indicates that Christopher Brannan made and affirmed the following false statements:
- Christopher Brannan affirmed to Detective Marty that his business, Chrissy’s Massage, had never ordered advertising from my company. This appears to be an intentional misrepresentation of facts. Brannan’s contract was executed in writing via email. Collection efforts included forwarding a copy of the agreement with entreaties to pay the past due balance. The subject of the contract email was “Reply “We’re In” to Accept – Special “Remnant Spot” Pricing for to try Brazos VIP Magazine.” A screenshot of an email from this thread is actually included amongst illegitimate evidence Brannan submitted to characterize my company’s legitimate collection efforts for a legitimate debt as harassment. Brannan’s false criminal complaint alleged the email was sent with the purpose of collecting monies not due us. The subject line is omitted by Brannan, as is the entire email thread which contains the “we’re in” reply booking the ad space at the special rate of “$245 per issue for 4 issues.”
- Christopher Brannan made false statements to Detective Marty indicating that I showed up at Chrissy’s Massage Studios demanding payment. “Flash showed up requesting payment,” the report alleges. Reviewing evidence submitted with the fraudulent criminal complaint actually refutes Brannan’s false account of my “demanding payment” as related in Detective Marty’s report. To support his allegation that I “demanded payment” on his premises. Brannan submitted to Marty a sample of the magazine their ad appeared in, a copy of their invoice, and an envelope. The envelope was delivered to the reception area, sealed. Not a word demanding payment or otherwise was spoken. The lobby was unattended and the envelope was left sealed on the reception table. The photo of the envelope that contained the invoice and sample magazine, which Brannan submitted to Detective Marty as evidence is visibly ripped open where it was sealed shut, directly refuting Mr. Brannan’s version of events.
- Finally, in what seems to be an effort to bolster the claims in the false police report filed on behalf of his business, Christopher Brannan falsely indicates that he had direct communication with me. “Chris went on to explain that he went so far as to tell Flash…,” reads Marty’s report. This statement by Christopher Brannan will not stand scrutiny or a lie detector. Any communication Christopher Brannan indicates he has ever had with me is completely fabricated. I have never spoken to Christopher Brannan.
As you are aware, it is a serious matter to make a false report to law enforcement officials in violation of Texas Penal Code 37.08, as false reports deliberately take their time away from real crimes.
Additionally, Christopher Brannan’s false statements were made and affirmed with the effect of impeding the legitimate collection of payment for advertising services performed by my company pursuant to their ad order executed via email on April 19, 2016. Because Brannan’s false statements to a Peace Officer aided in avoidance of this valid legal claim demanding payment for services ordered by and rendered to Chrissy’s Massage, LLC, the deceptive statements to his colleague, Detective Marty, were made to effect a willful violation of Texas Penal Code 31.04 Theft of Service.
While the firm Brannan owns failing to pay the bill is indeed a breach of contract and can certainly give rise to a civil suit, under Texas Penal Code 31.04, that same action constitutes a criminal act:
Texas Penal Code 31.04 – theft of services expressly provides that it is an act of criminal theft to: “intentionally or knowingly secure the performance of the service by agreeing to provide compensation and, after the service is rendered, fail to make full payment [within 10 days] after receiving notice demanding payment.” Texas Penal Code §31.04(a)(4).
I have attached records supporting the veracity of my statements regarding this egregious case of corrupt behavior by a public official. Should you have questions or need further information for your internal investigation into intentionally deceptive and criminal acts committed by Christopher Brannan, please contact Tony Sun, the attorney I have retained in this matter, at 512-898-9529.
As a strong supporter of the good men and women selflessly serving the community in law enforcement functions, both on patrol and keeping things running at the station, I eagerly await the results of your investigation. I hope to see remedial action and policy change come as a result of your investigation. Such an outcome will go a long way toward restoring my trust in the high standards of integrity I had come to expect from the College Station Police Department.
David W. Flash