A New Hampshire sheriff has been arrested and charged with eight felonies as part an investigation into his misuse of county credit cards, the state attorney general announced Thursday. Strafford County Sheriff Mark Brave, who campaigned in 2020 to be the state’s only Black sheriff, is charged with one count of theft by deception for stealing about $19,000 in county funds by submitting reimbursement for personal expenses with false justifications; two counts of falsifying physical evidence; and five counts of perjury for lying in his testimony before the Strafford County Grand Jury. Brave insisted that he has done nothing wrong and will fight the charges. “I’m not stepping down because I believe this is unfair. This is just an attack on me politically,” Brave told The Associated Press. Authorities said Brave submitted numerous false justifications for reimbursements “such as attending conferences and meetings that he did not attend, that did not exist and for organizations that did not exist,” he said. He was released on a personal recognizance bond. Brave is expected to be arraigned in several days.
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