Man indicted in theft after mayor pleads guilty

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ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) — There are new charges in a south Alabama town where a 91-year-old mayor pleaded guilty to stealing $201,000 from taxpayers.

A man who lived with former River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon was indicted on charges of taking city money.

The Andalusia Star-News (http://bit.ly/Wb5Soi ) reported Friday that 47-year-old Richard Moss is charged with multiple counts of theft. He is the former administrator of the Coffee County Jail.

District Attorney Walt Merrell says Hixon gave Moss about $80,000 in city money claiming he was a police officer and repair worker. But authorities say he was neither.

Merrell says Hixon and Moss lived together for years, but the relationship apparently wasn't romantic. He says Hixon acted like a grandmother to Moss' four children.

Moss was indicted after Hixon pleaded guilty Thursday.

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Information from: The Andalusia Star-News, http://www.andalusiastarnews.com



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