Former HHS Alumni Officer Pleads Guilty to Theft

Double Springs, AL–A Haleyville man has pled guilty to two counts of Theft of Property 1st Degree. As a part of the negotiated plea agreement Jarrod Tyler Hallman admitted to the theft of over $45,000 in funds belonging to the Haleyville Alumni Association and the Haleyville Alumni Scholarship Foundation Fund. Hallman admitted that he used is fiduciary position within the Alumni Association to take funds belonging to the two entities and converting them to personal use. District Attorney Investigator Rusty Hulsey found that on at least 15 separate occasions Hallman accessed the Alumni Association or Scholarship Foundation account and used the money for personal business. Judge Lee Carter accepted Hallman’s guilty plea and sentenced him to ten years in the state penitentiary on each theft count, but split the sentences for Hallman to serve 18 months on Community Corrections followed by 5 years of supervised state probation as was agreed between Hallman’s attorney and the District Attorney. Hallman will also be required to pay a $10,000 fine and $45,071.62 in restitution to the two entities. District Attorney Slatton prosecuted the case for the State of Alabama stated “While I am saddened by the actions that were taken by one individual that was entrusted to care for scholarship funds, I am glad that a quick resolution has been obtained in this case that will provide for a full return of the restitution owed to the Alumni Association and Scholarship Fund.” Slatton also stated “…I hope this case is a warning to others that theft by any individual will not be tolerated and harsh consequences will follow when the truth catches up.

Scott A. Slatton, District Attorney, 25th Judicial Circuit