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Carbon Hill Court Clerk Sentenced for Embezzling City Funds

BIRMINGHAM—U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler today sentenced a former Carbon Hill court clerk to 10 months in prison for embezzling more than $55,000 from the Walker County town, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley.

Judge Coogler sentenced POLLY D. HALEY, 53, of Winston County, to the prison term and ordered her to pay $50,927 in restitution to the city of Carbon Hill and to forfeit $50,212 to the U.S. government as proceeds of illegal activity.

Haley pleaded guilty in November to two counts of embezzling from Carbon Hill, where she worked from July 1991 until July 2010. Count one charges Haley with stealing about $45,586 from the city between September 2008 and August 2009. Count two charges her with stealing about $9,626 from the city between September 2009 and May 2010.

“Public employees must be expected to honor the special trust they are handed,” Vance said. “This office keeps a close watch for officials who violate that trust and steal the public’s money,” she said.

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Pat Meadows prosecuted the case.

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