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Former revenue commissioner pleads guilty in ethics case

Masters pleaded guilty to misusing office funds. Masters pleaded guilty to misusing office funds.

Marshall County's former revenue commissioner pleaded guilty in an ethics case.

Monday morning, Joey Masters pleaded guilty to using his office for personal gain. Masters resigned last November after being charged with a misdemeanor for misusing money from an office fund.

Last month, Masters tried to enter a guilty plea, but the judge refused because of questions about the case.

On Monday, a judge suspended jail time for Masters and sentenced him to two years of probation, a $1,000 fine and 200 hours community service.

Masters' attorney maintains he never had any intention of theft.

"One of the persons who assisted him was actually a political opponent, so to me that indicates a lack of intent to do something wrong," attorney Dan Warnes said. "He was questioned about it by the state, freely admitted it. He always paid it back. After he was charged and we sat down and talked, he realized he shouldn't have done that."

Legal problems remain for Masters. Attorneys in the civil case said it is full speed ahead.

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