Update: Jackson County Judge-Executive and Treasurer Charged with Organized Crime/Other Charges

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Updated: 1/14 6:34 pm
Jackson County Judge-Executive William O. Smith and Treasurer Beth Sallee were arrested Tuesday morning in their offices by County Sheriff Denny Peyman.

Peyman charged both with tampering with public records, forgery, falsifying business records, criminal facilitation, abuse of public trust and organized crime through extortion or coercion.

The Sheriff would not specify more on the charges but says they stem from a 2011 audit of the Jackson County Fiscal Court.

The arrests are the latest in a long line of issues between the sheriff and judge-executive over disagreements of county funds.

In October Judge Smith announced he was suing the sheriff over 278-thousand dollars the judge said the sheriff owed the county fiscal court.

The Jackson County Fiscal Court took over the finances of the sheriff's department because of the issues over the funds.

Sheriff Peyman says the County has cut his budget so much that he has only one deputy and has to drive a Ford Mustang that was seized.

Peyman denied that the arrests were politically motivated, adding that other agencies outside of the county may add more charges.

Smith and Sallee declined comment Tuesday.
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