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Covington County Probate Judge Arrested on Ethics Charges

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Courtesy: Covington County Sherrif's Office Courtesy: Covington County Sherrif's Office

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- WSFA 12 News is following some breaking news out of Covington County Probate Judge Sherrie Phillips has been arrested on felony ethics and theft charges.

A grand jury returned a six-count indictment on Phillips on Tuesday, and she surrended to authorities Friday.

Phillips is charged with two counts of first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree theft by deception, and two counts of intentionally misusing her public office for unlawful personal gain.

If convicted, Phillips faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $30,000 for each count. She could even be removed from office. 

She was released from the Covington County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon on a $250,000 bond.

WSFA 12 News left a message with Mrs. Phillips' attorney, Al Powell, but has not received a responce.

Here is the official charges from Attorney General Troy King's office:

  • First-degree theft of a check for $1.8 million or any proceeds of the check, which was the property of the estate of Cary Douglas Piper and/or the State of Alabama;
  • First-degree theft by deception, by knowingly obtaining unauthorized control of a check for $1.8 million or any proceeds of the check, which was the property of the estate of Cary Douglas Piper and/or the State of Alabama;
  • As a public official-the probate judge of Covington County-intentionally using her official position for unlawful personal gain for herself or a family member, of a check for $1.8 million or any proceeds of the check;
  • First-degree theft of a check for $3,650 or any proceeds of the check, which was the property of the estate of Cary Douglas Piper and/or the State of Alabama;
  • First-degree theft by deception, by knowingly obtaining unauthorized control of a check for $3,650 or any proceeds of the check, which was the property of the estate of Cary Douglas Piper and/or the State of Alabama; and,
  • As a public official-the probate judge of Covington County-intentionally using her official position for unlawful personal gain for herself or a family member, of a check for $3,650 or any proceeds of the check.

"The people of Covington County and citizens throughout Alabama should be assured that no one is above the law, and that as Attorney General, I will prosecute those who break the law and will take action preserve the integrity of our government,"Attorney General King said. 

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