- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A former Madison County employee will spend a year in jail and repay about $154,000 after being pleading guilty to stealing from the county commission.

Attorney General Luther Strange’s office says 59-year-old Deborah Kay Sims also will have to serve three years on probation.

Sims pleaded guilty to theft in May in Huntsville, and she went before a judge for sentencing on Friday.

Authorities say Sims worked for the Madison County Commission and had access to public funds in an account for the county fishing rodeo. She was accused of writing checks and using a charge card to get money and items for herself.

A state audit requested by county commissioners uncovered the fact that money was missing. The attorney general’s office handled the case with the Alabama Ethics Commission.

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