FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2014
AG ANNOUNCES ARREST OF FORMER MADISON COMMISSION
EMPLOYEE FOR FELONY ETHICS, THEFT CHARGES
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Luther Strange announced the arrest today of a former public employee of the Madison County Commission for felony ethics and theft charges. Deborah Kay Sims, 59, of Gurley, surrendered yesterday afternoon at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
Attorney General Strange’s Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Madison County grand jury on March 11, resulting in the indictment* against Sims.
Specifically, the indictment charges Sims with:
- one count of intentionally using her official position as a public employee for unlawful personal gain of checks or money valued at more than $2,500;
- one count of first-degree theft by unauthorized control of checks or money valued at more than $2,500, which was the property of the Madison County Commission; and
- one count of first-degree theft by deception of checks or money valued at more than $2,500, which was the property of the Madison County Commission.
No further information about the investigation or about Sims’ alleged crimes other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time.
If convicted, Sims faces maximum penalties of two to 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $30,000 for each of the counts.
Attorney General Strange commended Assistant Attorney General Bill Lisenby and Special Agents of his Special Prosecutions Division, and thanked employees of the Madison County Commission for assistance in this matter.
*An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.