Ethics Commission says former Baldwin County deputy violated Alabama Ethics Law

Sgt. Carl Griffith (Photo: BCSO)

A former Baldwin County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) deputy is under fire for allegedly stealing $6,000 in taxpayer money by falsifying his time cards, Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack said Wednesday, April 11, in an interview with FOX10 News Investigates.

Sheriff Mack said Sgt. Carl Griffith, who resigned in November 2017, claimed to have worked up to 60 hours on government time when he was actually working a second job, or not at work at all.

According to Mack, about $1,500 of that money were federal tax dollars given to BCSO for a traffic enforcement grant.

"We not only audited this one individual, we audited the program, so we did not have any other findings, any other issues in the program, other than this one particular situation that was reported to us," Mack said.

Mack said all of the violations occurred in 2017.

"We're disappointed... but we are going to address it and just ensure that this does not happen again," said Mack.

Mack said his office's investigation into Griffith has been turned over to the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office.

According to DA Bob Wilters, the case will be handled by the Alabama Ethics Commission due to a possible conflict of interest.

Wilters said many people in his office know Griffith, and that Griffith's wife used to be employed there.

Wilters said he's turning over the case to the commission to "avoid any appearance of impropriety."

One it reviews the case, the commission will then likely present the case to a Baldwin County Grand Jury for an indictment decision, according to Wilters.

In November 2017, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office announced it was investigating Griffith, a 22-year veteran of BCSO.

It's a story FOX10 News Investigates broke first on November 22, 2017.

On November 27, 2017, BCSO said it would conduct a "complete audit of time(s) in question," and all results would be sent to the DA.

FOX10 News Investigates also reached out to Griffith for a comment, but has not heard back.

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