Former west Alabama sheriff sentenced to 18 months for food fraud

David Abston | Photo: Pickens County Sheriff's Department

The judge sentenced former Pickens County Sheriff David Abston to 18 months in prison.

Posted: Nov 25, 2019 4:15 PM
Updated: Nov 25, 2019 4:16 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTVA) - A judge sentenced the former sheriff of Pickens County to 18 months in prison for wire fraud and filing false tax returns.

Former Sheriff David Abston pleaded guilty in June.

According to the plea agreement, he engaged in a scheme, between 2014 and 2018, to defraud the West Alabama Food Bank and the Highland Baptist Church of Gordo, of which he was a member.

The scheme was meant to reduce his jail food expenses and increase the amount of food allowance money he could keep.

According to the plea agreement, he also filed false tax returns between 2015 and 2016 tax years.

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