Forkland mayor surrenders to authorities, charged with felony theft of property

Forkland Mayor Derrick Biggs. (

GREENE COUNTY, Alabama -- The mayor of Forkland surrendered to the authorities Wednesday to face charges related to the theft of money from the city's water department.

Derrick Biggs turned himself in at the Greene County Jail around noon, and he was charged with first-degree theft of property, a felony, and tampering with government records, a misdemeanor. According to law enforcement, a water supervisor, Alonzo Thomas, recently discovered the theft of $6,000 from the city since December 2013. A warrant for Biggs' arrest was issued last week, but the mayor hadn't been seen until today.

Forkland City Councilman Preston Davis said Biggs offered to arrange payments to replace the money during a recent meeting. According to Thomas, the water department collects around $10,000 per month ABC 33/40's Isaiah Harper will have the latest on this developing story on the news at 5 and 6 p.m. To watch the newscast live online, click here.