By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY–Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced that Chad Evan Huffstutler has been arrested for crimes associated with work for the Riverchase United Methodist Church. Chad Evans Huffstutler, age 36 from Blountsville, does business as Huffstutler Contracting, LLC.
Based on evidence presented by Attorney General Strange’s Office, a Shelby County grand jury handed down several indictments against Huffstutler on May 9. The grand jury found that there was enough evidence to indict Huffstutler on the charges that Huffstutler committed one count of first-degree theft of property valued at more than $2,500 from the Riverchase United Methodist Church. The state also alleges that Mr. Huffstutler committed one count of first-degree theft by deception of property valued at more than $2,500 from the Riverchase United Methodist Church. The Blount County man was also indicted on two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument. One of those was a performance bond and the other one was a payment bond.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of two to 20 years for each count first-degree theft, which is a class B felony, and one to ten years for each count of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, which is a class C felony.
Attorney General Strange commended Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Billingslea and all those involved in the investigation and prosecution of the case including Special Agents with the AG’s Investigations Division. Assistant AG Billingslea is with the Criminal Trials Division of the Alabama Attorney General’s office.
Mr. Huffstutler surrendered today at the Shelby County Jail. No other information about the investigation or about Huffstutler’s alleged crimes were released. An indictment simply means that a grand jury believes that sufficient evidence has been presented to indicate that a crime may have been committed. Mr. Huffstutler has not been found guilty of anything yet. The trial date has not been announced.