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Audit implicates former Madison Co. commissioner in missing money investigation

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An audit by the State of Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts implicates former Madison County Commissioner Jerry Craig in an investigation into missing money. An audit by the State of Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts implicates former Madison County Commissioner Jerry Craig in an investigation into missing money.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

An audit by the State of Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts implicates former Madison County Commissioner Jerry Craig, along with former Commission employee Deborah Kay Sims in an investigation into missing money.

The report states Craig and Sims must repay $176,770.74. The report states the money was taken from the Madison County Fishing Rodeo Fund and used for unapproved expenses.

According to the report, the money was used in the following ways:

  • $65,408.06 went towards numerous purchases at grocery stores, department stores, home improvement stores and other miscellaneous purchases.
  • $70,848.07 in undocumented cash withdrawals
  • $411.50 in undocumented ATM fees
  • $8,836.00 in undocumented checks to Alton Sims, husband of Deborah Kay Sims
  • $1300.63 in bank fees, service charges and overdraft fees
  • $1543.14 in purchases made by Craig to cook at an event for the City of New Hope

Additionally, the report states contracts for private work totaling $16,903.34 were not submitted to the Commission or deposited into the Fishing Rodeo account.

The order issued by the Chief Examiner states neither Craig nor Sims appeared at the hearing concerning the expenses.

Craig responded to the report saying, "I wasn't aware that Mrs. Sims was doing anything inappropriate with county money. I don't have any other comment beyond that because it is a criminal matter."

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