DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — A Walton County public works employee was arrested Thursday after he allegedly stole asphalt and falsified activity logs while working as a dump truck driver.
In early November, a county employee filed a report against 37-year-old Brian James Walters, according to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff's Office. The report said Walters told co-workers he had stolen asphalt to use on the driveway at his home.
Documents showed that on two occasions Walters allegedly submitted an official activity log for a Federal Emergency Management Agency rain event. The logs stated three loads of milled asphalt had been picked up from Anderson Columbia and delivered to the Walton County yard on McKinnon Bridge Road, the Sheriff's Office said.
The county used money from a FEMA grant to pay for those loads, according to the Sheriff's Office. The price the county paid for each load was $150, the release said.
After Walters realized he was being investigated, he asked an Anderson Columbia employee by text message to create a receipt for two loads of asphalt to show investigators he had purchased them, the Sheriff's Office reported.
“Walters used his position as a government employee with Walton County Public Works to steal materials meant for county use and, instead, used them for his own gain,” Sheriff Michael Adkinson said.
Walters was arrested and charged with official misconduct and petit theft for knowingly falsifying an activity log, which is an official record.