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Sheriff Upshaw Of Barbour County - Well It Looks Like He Has Had His Hand In The Cookie Jar

Rickey Stokes

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Date: Apr 15 2017 10:30 AM

BARBOUR COUNTY AL:    Looks like Barbour County Sheriff Leroy Upshaw should spend more time being Sheriff and less time deer hunting.


Several audits conducted on the Babour County Sheriff Department reflect that Sheriff Upshaw has "had his hand in the cookie jar".


A recently released audit of the Barbour County Sheriff’s Office found Sheriff Leroy Upshaw in violation of 11 total accounting citations, six of which are unresolved citations from previous audits.


Those citations included paying himself $29,000 more than state law allows him to receive. The Code of Alabama sets the Barbour County Sheriff’s wages at $47,500 per year. From 2012-2016, Upshaw wrote 38 checks totaling $29,000 to himself. The checks were written from two of the Sheriff’s official bank accounts and lacked supporting documentation.



Upshaw was required to repay this amount after the audit’s findings.


“He gave himself a raise, and that’s just unethical,” said Barbour County Commission Chairman Earl Gilmore.


But Upshaw refuted that claim, saying, “I’m not taking money. We lost our work release administrator. They’re paid a fee. I asked the auditor at the time since I was taking over those duties if that money could go to me. They told me it could as long as there was a 10-99 (tax form) filled out for it. Then after the audit, he came back and said he had been wrong, and you actually can’t do that. So, I paid the money back.”


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Sheriff Upshaw Of Barbour County - Well It Looks Like He Has Had His Hand In The Cookie Jar

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