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Clerk arrested in theft from state DPS training center

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A former accounts clerk at the state Department of Public Safety Training Center in Selma has been charged with theft and violating the state ethics law following an investigation of financial impropriety at the center.

Lillian Denise Logan Wilson, 39, of Pine Hill was charged after an internal investigation by DPS and an audit by the state Examiners of Public Accounts, Attorney General Troy King said Friday.

The audit revealed that more than $163,000 was taken from the Selma training center from 2001 to 2005. The audit said the funds were taken from fees paid by participants in the center's programs and were mostly deposited into two credit union accounts.

The audit demanded that Wilson, who was fired by DPS, pay the money back.

The indictment charges that Wilson violated the state ethics law by using her position as a public employee for unlawful personal gain.

If convicted, Wilson faces two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up $30,000 on each of the two charges against her.

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