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Community Corrections has no plans for meeting about missing funds case

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

The chairman and vice chairman of the Morgan County Community Corrections Commission said there are no plans to call a meeting concerning allegations against a department head whom the board employs.

Attorney Paula Bassham, who represents Hatton Youth Sports Inc. told The Daily on Thursday that Morgan Community Corrections Director Alison Nix is the target of an investigation involving missing funds from the organization's bank account.

County Commission Chairman John Glasscock, who is also chairman of the corrections commission, said no one has asked him to call a meeting. Glasscock said it is too soon to comment on the matter.

"It is a criminal investigation going on, so to make any comment prior to the conclusion would not be proper," Glasscock said.

Circuit Judge Steve Haddock said it would be inappropriate and unethical for him as a judge to comment on a criminal investigation. Haddock said the board makes decisions as a whole.

Bassham said she met with the Lawrence County district attorney's office, a sheriff's investigator and an Alabama Bureau of Investigation agent Thursday to discuss the situation.

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell confirmed Friday that his department is involved.

"We've been asked to look into it," Mitchell said. He said he could not comment further on the pending investigation.

Bassham said a returned check that a board member wrote for equipment started the probe.

Nix's attorney John Mays says the allegations are false and that's why he had her take a polygraph to clear rumors that were spreading. He had a document showing she passed the polygraph.

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