VIDEO: Second County Official Resigns In Corruption Case
The Benton County road superintendent resigned Monday following his arrest in a corruption case that has already claimed the job of another Benton County official.
County Road Superintendent Jack Brown was arrested Saturday on suspicion of theft and other charges after authorities said he admitted to collected cash envelopes for scrap metal from Rogers Iron and Metal (RIMCO) for Scott Stober, the county public works director and road director who has since lost his job because of his arrest in the case. Brown has since been released from the Benton County Jail on bond.
Brown was given a choice Monday to resign or be fired, according to county officials. He chose to resign later in the day.
Stober was arrested July 31 on suspicion of theft after allegedly using about $3,000 in county money on improvements to his personal pickup truck and on materials to build a deck for his house. He was released the next day on $2,500 bond.
Stober later filled out resignation paperwork.
Brown faces a felony accomplice to theft charge for delivering the cash payments to Stober, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The affidavit said officers believe scrap metal, worth several thousand dollars, was bought by RIMCO with cash during the previous few months.
County Construction Superintendent Grant McCracken was also arrested Saturday on suspicion of misdemeanor accomplice to theft because of his alleged involvement in the corruption case, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
McCracken was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest.
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