Former Alabama sheriff indicted by federal grand jury for allegedly gambling with loan money meant for prison food

A former Alabama sheriff who resigned last year after impeachment proceedings were launched against him now faces federal charges after being indicted by a grand jury for allegedly lying on loan applications.

William “Ray” Norris, the former Clarke County sheriff, reportedly applied for four loans from two Alabama banks worth more than $48,000 and said he would use the funds for operating expenses from his office and prison food, according to the unsealed grand jury indictment in Mobile federal court earlier this month.

But Norris instead used the loan money from Town County National Bank in Camden and Sweet Water State Bank in Sweet Water “for personal overdraft accounts, gambling and other personal expenses,” according to the report. ‘indictment.

Norris was charged with four counts of making a false statement to a federally funded institution.

The loans were contracted between November 2017 and October 2018 with amounts ranging from $9,500 to $14,000.

Norris resigned from office in June 2021 after Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall moved to impeach him after he was charged with four cases of corruption in office and eleven cases of committing crimes involving moral turpitude .

The charges were dropped after Norris resigned.

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