From The Tribune Staff Reports
MONTGOMERY — Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest of the former Tuscaloosa County License Commissioner for the use of her public office for personal gain, theft of property in the first degree, and seven counts of computer tampering on Thursday, September 23.
Lynne C. Robbins, 56, of Tuscaloosa, surrendered to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and released a $10,000 bond. Robbins served as Tuscaloosa County’s license commissioner until her resignation in February 2020.
Attorney General Marshall’s Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Tuscaloosa County grand jury resulting in an indictment against Robbins.
The use of public office for personal gain charges relates to a series of checks Robbins wrote to the Tuscaloosa County License Commissioner’s office that was returned unpaid for non-sufficient funds. Robbins used her position as license commissioner to avoid paying the returned-check fee assessed in bad-check cases and to avoid repaying the face amounts of the unpaid checks.
The first-degree theft charge relates to a scheme of conduct employed by Robbins between January 2016 and December 3, 2019, to take cash belonging to the Tuscaloosa County License Commissioner’s Office. Finally, the seven computer tampering charges relate to specific instances where Robbins altered data in the Tuscaloosa License Commissioner’s Office’s computer network to facilitate her embezzlement scheme and conceal the scheme from discovery by county or state officials.
The charges against Robbins were brought after separate cases against Robbins were referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts and the Alabama Ethics Commission. Additionally, the State Bureau of Investigation, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.
No further information about the investigation or Robbins’ charges may be released at this time. The use of office for personal gain and theft of property in the first degree are class B felonies, punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Since the State alleges Robbins’ computer tampering was committed to facilitating her embezzlement scheme and conceal her illegal conduct from government officials, that charge is a Class C felony, punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.