Masters Pleads Guilty to Using Office for Personal Gain

Joey Masters (Photo: WHNT News 19 File)

Joey Masters (Photo: WHNT News 19 File)

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The former Revenue Commissioner in Marshall County has pleaded guilty to using his office for personal gain.

Monday morning, Marshall County Judge Howard Hawk accepted Joey Masters’ plea agreement, which Masters signed December 17.

Masters was arrested in November and charged with violating state ethics laws.

The prosecutor recommended a 12-month sentence for Masters, but also recommended the court suspend the sentence and place Masters on supervised probation for two years.  Masters will also have to pay a $1,000 fine, and do 200 hours of community service.

“This matter was thoroughly investigated by my Special Prosecutions Division, resulting in charges against the defendant for the crime that he committed,” Alabama Attorney General Strange Luther Strange said in a statement.  His office prosecuted the case.

“This defendant did not have the right to use public funds for his personal use, regardless of whether he paid it back,” Strange added.  “This was an abuse of the public trust and it is appropriate that he no longer is in office and that he is being held to account for his crime.”

The charge Masters pleaded guilty to is a Class A misdemeanor.

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