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May 14, 2014
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Luther Strange
Joy Patterson (334) 242-7491
Alabama Attorney General
Claire Haynes (334) 242-7351
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(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Luther Strange today announced that a former
chairman of the Autauga County Commission will serve time in jail for his felony ethics and
theft convictions. Danny Chavers, of Prattville, was sentenced this morning in Autauga
County Circuit Court to 46 months for five felony charges: two for violations of the state ethics
law, and three for first-degree theft, all class B felonies. The sentences were partially
suspended, and Chavers was ordered to serve six months in jail followed by 24 months of
supervised probation, perform 320 hours of community service, and to pay $240,675.04 in
restitution, along with court costs and a contribution to the Alabama Victim’s Crime
Compensation Fund.

Chavers pleaded guilty on March 12, 2014, related to theft and use of his office for
personal gain while serving as chief of the Autaugaville Volunteer Fire Department and head of
the Autaugaville Water Works. As chief of the Autaugaville VFD, Chavers used his office to
obtain personal gain for himself by using money in the VFD account for personal purchases
such as merchandise from Victoria’s Secret, restaurants and hotels in Florida, gas stations,
online gambling and a casino in Mississippi, in the amount of more than $240,000. Regarding
the theft from the State of Alabama, Chavers falsified documentation in order to obtain a $4,800
grant, placed these grant funds in the VFD account, and continued to make personal purchases
with this money. Also, Chavers used his position as head of the Autaugaville Water Works to
obtain two checks totaling $49,000 from the Autauga County Commission, which was supposed
to go to the town of Autaugaville but which Chavers instead placed in the VFD fund and
continued to use for personal purchases.

“These are serious crimes involving extensive betrayal of the public trust and theft of
taxpayers’ money,” said Attorney General Strange. “I am pleased that this defendant stands
convicted of these crimes. Mr. Chavers will have to pay back every penny he stole from the
taxpayers and will serve time in jail for it. “

Related charges still are pending against Ernest Terry Stoudemire of Autaugaville also
former chief of the Autaugaville VFD; and Mack Cell Harmon of Autaugaville, a former
assistant chief of the Autaugaville VFD. Attorney General Strange’s Special Prosecutions
Division presented evidence to an Autauga County grand jury on November 5, 2013, resulting
in indictments* against the three.

Attorney General Strange commended Assistant Attorneys General Bill Lisenby and Pete
Smyczek, as well as Special Agents of his Special Prosecutions Division for their outstanding
work in these cases.
**An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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