Ala county could be out $400, or millions

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Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 10:36 AM

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama county faces a financial mystery.

The criminal charge against former Marshall County Revenue Commissioner Joey Masters is serious, but hardly jaw-dropping. He's accused on a misdemeanor count of taking a few hundred dollars from a petty cash fund.

But a civil lawsuit contends the allegations are but a pin prick in a scandal that cost the county nearly as much as its annual budget of nearly $23 million.

Masters' lawyer denies the lawsuit's claims, and the county commission chairman says the allegations are far-fetched. He says Marshall County is in good shape financially.

A state audit released last year does say there were some $17 million in assessment errors in Marshall County, and all the money wasn't made up.

The criminal charge and civil lawsuit are still pending.

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