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3 women arrested in Jefferson County tag line investigation

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(L-R) Lashonda Smaw, Alisha Cole, Jozette Berry (L-R) Lashonda Smaw, Alisha Cole, Jozette Berry
The DA's office identifies the woman in this video as Lashonda Smaw. Source: WBRC video The DA's office identifies the woman in this video as Lashonda Smaw. Source: WBRC video
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Three women have been arrested on felony charges for their roles in allowing a customer pay to skip the long tag lines at the Jefferson County courthouse.

Authorities launched an investigation after FOX6 News released video of a county employee apparently taking $40 from a taxpayer to get to the front of the line.

The case went straight to a grand jury and three people are under arrest, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Jozette Berry, Alisha Cole and Lashonda Smaw were each arrested for intentional use of office for personal gain, a felony and an ethics violation. Cole, who was working out of the Center Point office, has been charged with two counts of using her position for personal gain.

The DA's office says Smaw is the woman in the FOX6 video shown taking $40 from a customer.

Berry, Cole and Smaw face two to twenty years behind bars for the charges. They have a court date scheduled for Feb. 3.

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