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By Lindsey Connell - bio | email | Twitter

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  Tampering with governmental records-- that's the charge Hurtsboro Mayor Rayford Tapley is facing.

In the indictment, handed down by a Russell County grand jury, it states Tapley refused to deliver minutes of council meetings and financial records of where the tax money is being spent to Hurtsboro resident Robert Schweiger.

Schweiger was the sole witness to take the stand last week in the Grand Jury proceedings after he says he tried to get the records for six years.

"I feel like it's a door-opener. I have no personal grudge against Mayor Tapley but it's time that somebody step up and uncover what's been going on at city hall," Schweiger said.

As for the mayor, he and his lawyer are filing a motion to dismiss the indictment

Tapley says the finances for the past six years are being audited- something he says the administration before him didn't do.

"An indictment has to tell you exactly what you're charged with and it has to be specific enough so that you can defend against it. This indictment is very general and once you go to court, if you win, jeopardy is supposed to attach. But the way the indictment is written, Mister Tapley can be charged over and over again. There's no time or date in the indictment," he lawyer, Ken White said.

"I do love the little town of Hurtsboro. I think a lot of people would dispute that. But I do love it and I would like to see the streets safe again and the town clean again," Schweiger added.

Mayor Tapley is out of jail tonight on the misdemeanor charge on $250 bail.

Arraignment for the most recent Grand Jury indictments is scheduled for Friday.

In the meantime, Tapley's lawyer is filing the motion to dismiss the indictment Thursday.

As for Hurtsboro's financial records, we're told the audit should be complete in a few weeks.


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