Hurtsboro Mayor's tampering charge dismissed

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RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  In a hearing in Russell County Circuit Court Tuesday, Judge Al Johnson ruled the records tampering charge against Hurtsboro Mayor Rayford Tapley be dismissed.

Tapley was indicted by a Grand Jury on the charge of tampering with governmental records back in August. In the indictment, it said Tapley refused to deliver minutes of the town's council meetings and financial records of where tax money was being spent to a Hurtsboro resident.

After turning himself into authorities in August, Tapley told News Leader 9 he couldn't provide the records since the town's finances for the past six years were being audited- something he says the previous administration didn't do.

Now, officials with the District Attorney's Office say the Hurtsboro citizen has received the records he requested and the Mayor has also agreed to allow state auditors to come in and audit the town's finances.

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