Friday Dec 6
The Montgomery Advertiser
Former Alabama commissioner charged with theft
<![CDATA[RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- A former county commissioner is accused of writing bad checks worth almost $100,000 to purchase animals at a livestock sale in northwest Alabama. Authorities say 46-year-old Greg Smith of Russellville is charged with theft by deception. The TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/18nWi8z ) reports Smith served a term on the Franklin County Commission before declining to seek re-election last year. Officials say Smith is accused of agreeing to buy 728 sheep and goats at a livestock sale for $97,887 and writing two checks to cover the purchase. Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver says Smith stopped payment on the checks while having less than $1,000 in the bank. Smith was held in the Franklin County Jail, and court records aren't yet available to show whether he has a lawyer.
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