Wednesday, December 18 2013 3:57 PM EST2013-12-18 20:57:28 GMT
A moonshine operation was busted Wednesday in Lowndes County.Officials say the operation located in Collirene, Tyler Alabama, had 13 barrels of moonshine located on the property which were destroyed.InMore >>
A moonshine operation was busted Wednesday in Lowndes County.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Two former Alabama Department of Public Safety employees are under arrest, according to Attorney General Luther Strange's office, and charged with felony theft and ethics violations.
The suspects, identified as Kenneth Robert Grissett, 50, of Northport, and Earl M. Champion, 65, of Cottondale, both surrendered Wednesday at the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
The Attorney General's office identified Grissett as a former state trooper and Champion as a former building custodian. Both resigned their positions from the Tuscaloosa State Trooper Post in March 2011.
Attorney General Strange's Office presented evidence to a Tuscaloosa County Grand Jury, resulting in the indictments on February 1.
Grissett and Champion are accused of stealing gasoline and using their public positions for personal gain.
The Alabama Dept. of Public Safety said in May 2011 that four employees resigned after an investigation was launched into fuel card discrepancies. It was not immediately known if Grissett or Champion was a part of that report.
Second-degree theft is a class C felony, punishable by one year and a day, to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.
Use of official position for personal gain, a violation of the state ethics law, is a class B felony, with each count punishable by two to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $30,000.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Attorney General Strange's office