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D.A. plans to prosecute former Jackson’s Gap clerk

Published 7:45pm Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tallapoosa County District Attorney E. Paul Jones said his office will prosecute former Jackson’s Gap Town Clerk Teresa Freeman.

Jones said the case would probably not be tried until spring at the earliest.

“It’s going to be prosecuted,” Jones said. “I don’t know whether it’ll be this trial term or the next.”

Freeman was indicted on charges of first degree theft of property by a Tallapoosa County Grand Jury in March. The indictment alleged Freeman took more than $2,500 from the Town of Jackson’s Gap.

Freeman was fired as the town’s clerk after the indictment was handed down in March. An audit conducted by Ben Vance of Vance and Associates of Columbus, Ga. revealed missing records and tickets and purchases made by Freeman at VictoryLand and women’s clothing stores, then-Mayor J.D. Ayers told The Outlook in a story published on March 11.

Vance said the investigation began last year when the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts was contacted because Jackson’s Gap had failed to pay money collected in traffic court to several state departments.