Alabama Republican congressman Will Dismukes was arrested on first-degree theft of property, local station WSFA-12 reports.
The congressman turned himself into the Montgomery County Detention Facility Thursday night after District Attorney Daryl Bailey announced earlier that an arrest warrant had been issued for the lawmaker.
According to the report, Dismukes is accused of stealing money from his former employer, Weiss Commercial Flooring Inc., over the course of two years.
“After countless hours of investigation, which consisted of witness interviews, obtaining bank records, and gathering other evidence – a decision was made by myself and prosecutors in my office, along with these investigators, that probable cause existed that a crime had been committed,” Bailey said. Theft of property first degree is a Class B felony.
Attorney Trey Norman accompanied Dismukes when he turned himself in. Norman said they have known about the investigation for less than five days.
“We came down yesterday, and Will has cooperated completely with the District Attorney’s Office and their investigators,” Norman said. “I will tell you this, without getting too much into the allegations, this has nothing to do with Will as a public servant or an elected state official.”
Norman said this investigation involves private business.
“We’re looking forward to getting the evidence,” he said. “Under the circumstances, I’ll be surprised if there aren’t some more charges coming down the road for other people.”
Norman said Dismukes has never received a letter of inquiry that has accused him of any wrongdoing, but he won’t speculate on conversations between Dismukes and his former employer.