Rainsville councilman feels Agri-Center director should be fired over questionable purchases

Rainsville councilman feels Agri-Center director should be fired over questionable purchases

RAINSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Rainsville city councilman is questioning how the director of the Agri-Business Center remains employed after allegations of misappropriation of funds.

The councilman says more than $800 worth of herbal supplements were purchased using his work credit card.

A Rainsville city councilman feels the Agri-Business Center director should have been terminated but instead he is still working.

Nobody would give a man a credit card and just say here, you go have fun,” said Rainsville City Councilman Marshall Stiefel.

But that’s exactly what Stiefel believes the city and the Public Building Authority have done with Agri-Business Center director Mike Sweat.

Stiefel says he saw red flags when the PBA came to the council in December and told them Sweat no longer had the ability to handle finances.

Stiefel asked for the center’s credit card statements and that’s when he found more than 800-dollars in orders for muscle enhancers such as Nitro Muscle Boost.

Stiefel says Sweat has been employed for approximately eight years and questions if there many more questionable purchases.

Last month, Stiefel says he made a motion in the council meeting to terminate Sweat but the motion died for a lack of a second.

“At the least it was misappropriation of funds and at the most it was stealing and anybody else would have definitely been terminated and might have been prosecuted,” said Stiefel.

We reached out to Sweat who declined comment.

We also reached out to Mayor Roger Lingerfelt but our calls were not returned.

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