Aberdeen Mayor Arrested

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Published on October 31, 2019 -

Aberdeen Mayor Arrested

Shocking news out of Aberdeen this morning as the state auditors office confirms the city's mayor was arrested.

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Aberdeen Mayor Arrested

Shocking news out of aberdeen this morning as the state auditors office confirms the city's mayor was arrested.

The state auditors office is staying tight lipped about the arrest for now... however... mayor howard tells wcbi he's being charged with five counts of embezzlement.

The charges stem from alleged incidents that happened back in 2016 and 2017.

The mayor is being accused of lying about taking trips... and pocketing the money that was supposed to be used for those trips.

The amount of money howard is accused of embezzling ranges from just over 400 dollars.... to a little more than 12 hundred dollars.

Wcbi spoke with mayor howard, he says all of the allegations are false.

The mayor says he took every trip for business reasons and claims he did not steal any money.

He says he even turned in receipts to show how the money was spent.

The first-term mayor says members on the board of aldermen are trying to slander his name by accusing him of what he calls, false accusations.

"all of these charges have been approved by the board of aldermen, therefore there is no embezzlement.

The mayor has no access to funds.

There is no access to funds from the mayor.

The mayor can't touch one penny unless the board approves it.

Once the board approves it from that table, they will then cut me a check.

I use that money to travel with, i use that money for gas, i use the money for mileage on my vehicle, the wear and tear, and i also use the money for my per diem which i have done all of those things."

Howard was arrested around 6 o'clock last night, and was released on a $10,000 bond// he says he has hired an attorney and his court appearance is set for december.

The state auditors office says they will not release any further information on this arrest until later this morning.

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