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Former Marshall County Revenue Commissioner to be dismissed from lawsuit

Joey Masters was removed from office over an ethics violation in 2014 he says was not true. (Source: WAFF) Joey Masters was removed from office over an ethics violation in 2014 he says was not true. (Source: WAFF)
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A former embattled Marshall County Revenue Commissioner is being dismissed from a lawsuit claiming he bilked taxpayers of nearly $20 million while serving in that office.

The suit filed three years ago claims he gave property tax breaks to political friends and supporters.

His attorneys submitted a motion for dismissal based on his filing of bankruptcy and presented a new audit which looked at the years the questionable activity took place.

Joey Masters was removed from office over an ethics violation in 2014 for taking some $700 from the cash drawer but always maintained the allegations in the civil suit were not true.

In the audit report, auditors note, "Tests performed during the examination period did not disclose any significant instances of noncompliance with applicable state or local laws and regulations."

Masters said he wants to thank friends and supporters who never doubted him, and he thanked God he has been vindicated.

Masters said he's now just trying to move forward with his life.

We reached out to the plaintiff's attorney, Randy Beard, have not heard back at this time.

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