Prosecutors investigating a former Lee County sheriff for drug conspiracy are now trying to find out what happened to thousands of dollars from a county victims’ advocate fund.
The FBI interviewed Lee County victims’ advocate Angela Ruth after reviewing records showing Sheriff E.J. Melvin received $12,000 in checks from the fund.
Court documents show Ruth admitted receiving a cut from the checks she issued Melvin. Ruth resigned and has not been charged.
Melvin was arrested in May and has been charged with drug conspiracy, money laundering and racketeering. Prosecutors say Melvin protected drug dealers and sold drugs himself.
Melvin’s trial is set for Oct. 25. He could face up to life in prison and $4 million in fines if convicted.
The Associated Press