Investigation leads to arrest of Kountze city councilman

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By Daniel Elizondo
Kountze councilman Ira Braneff was arrested on Sunday morning after admitting to Texas Rangers that he pocketed several thousand dollars from a graveside monument transaction that was never fulfilled. Braneff is the owner of Big ThicketMemorials and also a former funeral director with Broussard’s Funeral Home in Kountze.
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