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Morgan pays for trip on day with no meeting
Community Corrections director claims mileage for conference held day later

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

A Morgan County Commission employee issued a mileage check to Community Corrections Director Alison Nix for a day there was no meeting in Montgomery, records show.

Actually, the meeting was the following day.

The commission's accounts payable clerk Deborah Adams said she issued a $184.20 check to Nix on March 27 for a trip that Nix said she made March 26.

Nix wrote on a travel requisition that she attended a meeting with the Alabama Association of Community Corrections and Vera Institute of Justice.

Someone wrote over a date on the form.

Nix wrote 3-27-07 beside the meeting, but at the bottom of the requisition someone wrote over the 7 with a 5 or a 6 in the 3-27-07 date.

Adams said she did not see the conflicting dates. She said Nix turned in the form for payment and she paid it.

"She was claiming mileage, and I just put it in line for payment," Adams said.

Nix also put 3-26 on an attached form that shows where the trip started and ended.

The actual meeting was on March 27, not March 26, according to AACC records.

Franklin County Community Corrections Director and AACC President Eugene Pierce said Nix has never attended a Vera Institute meeting.

Sheryl Plott, a case manager and administrative assistant in Pierce's office, gave The Daily sign-in sheets from AACC monthly meetings and a list of other meetings.

The list of meetings outside the monthly gatherings shows that the AACC/Vera Institute meeting was March 27 in Montgomery.

Adams said the county does not give advance pay for mileage. An individual gets a mileage check after a trip. Although she issued the check to Nix on March 27, Adams said she probably didn't give it to her until three days later because she has a certain time to release checks.

The March 27 trip is one of multiple out-of-town trips for which Nix claimed mileage. Over a six-month span she received $2,026.35.

Of that amount, $582.72 is disputed, with officials in other counties saying she did not attend meetings. Another $552.60 was not documented specifically and could not be verified.

A spokesman for the state Department of Corrections said employees found no record of a trip to Julia Tutwiler Women's Prison for which Nix claimed $167.62.

In addition to officials in Franklin County, Madison County community corrections officials said Nix did not make trips there on March 8 and April 4.

Nix refuses to answer questions about the trips.

She said Monday that she plans to discuss her travel with the Morgan County Community Corrections and Court Services Commission.

She works at the pleasure of that group.

Meanwhile, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said last week that Nix remains under investigation involving forgery and misappropriation of funds that belonged to Hatton Youth Sports, Inc.

Nix's attorney said she passed a lie detector test and she is innocent.

Online extra

Nix travel documents here.

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