Ex Tuscaloosa License Commissioner charged with using office for personal gain
Former Tuscaloosa County License Commissioner Lynne C. Robbins was arrested today and is facing charges of using the public office for personal gain, property theft and computer tampering.
Robbins, 56, of Tuscaloosa, resigned from her position in February 2020.
Robbins is accused of writing a series of checks to the Tuscaloosa County License Commissioner’s office that were returned for having non-sufficient funds. She then used her position to avoid paying the returned-check fee and to avoid repaying the amounts from the unpaid checks.
In addition, Robbins is accused of taking cash belonging to the office between January 2016 and Dec. 3, 2019, and altering data in the office’s computer network to facilitate and conceal her alleged crimes..
Charges were brought after separate cases against her were referred to the office of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts and the Alabama Ethics Commission.
The use of office for personal gain and theft of property in the first degree are Class B felonies, punishable by two to 20 years in prison. Because the state alleges Robbins’ computer tampering was committed to facilitate her crimes and conceal her conduct from government officials, that charge is a Class C felony, punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.