On Thursday, Dismuck was arrested on charges of first-degree theft. Prosecutors say the lawmaker stole thousands of dollars between 2016 and 2018 from a flooring company where he worked before being elected to the Alabama House of Representatives.
“The order was signed for more than $ 2,500. I will tell you that the alleged amount is much more than that, “Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey told reporters on Thursday of the amount alleged that Dismax was stolen.
Wearing a T-shirt, shorts and a fishnet baseball cap, Dismock joined in on Thursday afternoon before being released on bail. His lawyer, Trey Norman, disputes the allegations and wonders why the business has waited years to file a complaint with the police.
Dismukes refused to resign after speaking at a party on July 25 in honor of the birthday of Nathan Bedford Forest, a Confederate general and early KKK leader. The incident at a private property called Little Dixie took place the same weekend Lewis’ body arrived in Selma, the town where he was beaten by police while marching with Bloody Sunday civil rights protesters. Lewis died last month at the age of 80.
But on July 29, Dismuck resigned as pastor of a rural southern Baptist church. Five other local Southern Baptist leaders also issued a statement after their resignation that they “reaffirm our opposition to all forms of racism.”
Dismock is now facing criminal charges. Prosecutors said Weiss Commercial Flooring in Montgomery, Alanya, contacted them in May to allege that the state legislature stole from the company while he worked there.
“After countless hours of investigation, consisting of questioning witnesses, obtaining bank notes and gathering other evidence, I and the prosecutors in my office, along with these investigators, decided that there was a probable cause that a crime had been committed,” Bailey said. said Thursday.
If Dismuck is convicted, he is automatically removed from office, AL.com reports.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) called the allegations “disappointing.”
“If true, it is disappointing when a government official elected with the trust of the people abuses that trust. I support the letter of the law and no one is above it – especially those who are in public office, “she said in a statement to the WSFA.
Alabama GOP Chairman Terry Latton added on Twitter: “We expect our elected officials, regardless of party, to follow the laws of our state and nation. No one is immune to these standards. It is very disappointing to hear these statements. This is already a legal issue and must go its own way. “