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Alabama city planning commissioner indicted on theft charges

January 4, 2019

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer for an Alabama city planning commissioner says she’s been indicted on theft charges over allegations that she stole clients’ money while working at a local venue.

The Dothan Eagle cites the lawyer as saying Dothan Planning Commission member 51-year-old Gayla McMullen White was indicted Wednesday on two first-degree property theft counts. The charge involves property valued more than $2,500.

White’s attorney, Billy Joe Sheffield, says he entered a not guilty plea and waived her arraignment hearing next week.

White is accused of stealing event deposits while employed with Windmill Station last year. Sheffield says Windmill Station owner Eddie Donaldson made up the allegations because he was upset White was leaving her job.

Donaldson testified during White’s preliminary hearing, saying he wasn’t upset she left.

The trial is scheduled March 4.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

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