Ethics Commission says former Baldwin County deputy violated Alabama Ethics Law

Sgt. Carl Griffith (Photo: BCSO)

According to a document obtained by FOX10 News Investigates, the Alabama Ethics Commission has voted in agreement that former Baldwin County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Carl Griffith violated the Alabama Ethics Law.

That vote could mean Griffith will have to pay back $7,566.48 in taxpayer money he allegedly stole by falsifying time cards in 2017, according to Baldwin County District Attorney Bob Wilters.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack told FOX10 News Investigates in April, that his office's internal investigation found Griffith said he was working for the sheriff's office when he was actually working a second job, or wasn't at work at all.

On August 1, the Ethics Commission voted on those allegations, determining Griffith committed a "minor violation" of the Alabama Ethics Law, and that the case should be "handled administratively," and should be turned over to the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office for "review and appropriate legal action."

While Wilters declined an on-camera interview, he did give FOX10 News Investigates several details about the ruling over the phone.

Wilters said in addition to recommending Griffith pay back the $7,566.48 to the sheriff's office, the Ethics Commission also recommended Griffith pay a $1,000 fine to the state.

Back in April, Sheriff Mack said the sheriff's office audited the department as a result of the allegations against Griffith.

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

Wilters said it's now up to him to sign off on the Ethics Commission's recommendation, but he had recused himself from the investigation because he knows Griffith.

So, Wilters said he's going to speak with the Alabama Attorney General to decide how the case should proceed.

FOX10 News Investigates reached out to Griffith via social media, and Griffith's attorney through email and phone calls, but has not heard back.

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