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February 16, 2017
Steven T. Marshall
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Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199
Alabama Attorney General
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(MONTGOMERY)–Attorney General Steven T. Marshall announced that Walter S.
Hill, former mayor of the Town of Mosses in Lowndes County, has been sentenced to serve
time in prison on a felony ethics violation for use of his office for personal gain. Hill was
sentenced yesterday to five years, with three years to be served in prison followed by two
years of probation. The Montgomery County Circuit Court also ordered him to pay full
restitution to the Town of Mosses in the amount of $25,370.
“Former Mayor Hill has shamelessly exploited the Town of Mosses, betraying the
office entrusted to him by its citizens and abusing town funds to illegally enrich himself,”
said Attorney General Marshall. “Because of this prosecution, he no longer holds office and
will serve time in prison for this serious crime. I am proud of the excellent work by our
Special Prosecutions Division, and as Attorney General I am committed to continuing to
aggressively fight public corruption.”
Hill pleaded guilty on January 6 to using his office for personal gain, and resigned
his office the day before. He admitted to unlawfully directing money, in the form of checks
drawn on the town’s bank accounts, to himself. The specific charges were that:

  • Former Mayor Hill used Town of Mosses funds to make his child support payments
    that were processed by the Department of Human Resources in Montgomery County.
    He then created fraudulent records in an attempt to conceal his theft.
  • Former Mayor Hill issued unauthorized payroll checks to Town of Mosses
    employees and deposited them into his personal bank account in Montgomery
  • Mayor Hill issued himself six additional monthly stipend payments without
    authorization or approval. He then deposited the payments into his personal bank
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  • Former Mayor Hill issued himself reimbursement payments for property lost in a
    fire at his residence. The alleged lost property was not covered by insurance, and the
    payments for reimbursement were not authorized or approved. He then deposited
    the payments into his personal bank account.
  • Former Mayor Hill issued himself multiple other checks on the Town of Mosses’
    account without authorization or approval. He then deposited the checks into his
    personal bank account.
  • Former Mayor Hill’s schemes resulted in the unlawful personal gain of $25,370.37.
    Hill was previously convicted of misdemeanor ethics charges in 2014 and
    remained in office. His present felony conviction means that he can no longer serve in
    public office.

Attorney General Marshall praised those involved in bringing this case to
successful resolution, noting in particular Assistant Attorney General Katie Langer and
Special Agents of his Special Prosecutions Division. He also thanked the special agents
of the Alabama Ethics Commission and the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office for
their cooperation and assistance in the investigation.