Blakely, 68, surrendered to authorities and was later released on $49,000 bond.
The indictment released by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall includes 13 charges that cover a range of conduct over multiple years.
Specifically, the first four counts charge Blakely with four separate thefts from his campaign account that total $11,000. Counts five through 10 charge Blakley with theft or ethics charges stemming from illegally taking money from Limestone County funds, including from the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Fund. Count 11 charges Blakely with soliciting a $1,000 wire transfer from a subordinate other than in the ordinary course of business. Count 12 charges Blakely with using his official position or office to obtain interest-free loans in the form of a $50,000 cashier’s check and/or a $22,189.68 credit. Count 13 charges Blakely with using his official position or office to obtain interest-free loans by taking money from a safe that was used to store the Limestone County inmates’ personal funds.
The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division. No further information regarding this investigation or Blakely’s alleged crimes may be released at this time.
Attorney General Marshall encourages anyone with information regarding a public official’s involvement in corrupt practices to contact the Alabama Attorney General’s Office at [email protected].
Those with information can also contact FBI Birmingham’s Public Corruption Tip Line at (844) 404-TIPS, according to FBI Birmingham Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Johnnie Sharp, Jr.