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Former Lawrence Co Commissioner Indicted

Posted at 1:46 PM, Apr 15, 2016

A special meeting called of the Lawrence County Grand Jury resulted in the indictment of former county commissioner Jeffrey Hughes.

Hughes was indicted for theft of over a quarter of a million dollars from the Lawrence County Fire and Rescue and theft of over $10,000 from the Cross Roads Volunteer Fire Department.

He was also indicted on 136 counts of forgery.

Bail has been set at $100,000 dollars, but it can't be posted unless those funds have been approved as being from a legitimate source, meaning he can’t post bond with any stolen funds.

It was a joint Investigation between the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, State Comptroller's Office, and the District Attorney's Office.

Authorities were searching for Hughes, but they confirmed he turned himself in Friday afternoon.