Crockett reduced the 2013 property tax assessment for Rodney Fults, owner of A&E Auto Sales at 3330 and 3338 Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia. An assessor said Fults’ land was worth $124,758, but the board kicked that down to $46,596.
The change saved Fults $12,020 in 2013 property taxes — money that other property taxpayers had to make up.
Fults got this break after handing Crockett $500 in an envelop, Fults and his ex-wife testified. The ex-wife said Fults said he was going to get his property taxes lowered by giving the money to Crockett, but Fults testified “I haven’t bribed anybody.”
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St. Clair County Circuit Judge Randall Kelley dropped three charges against Crockett and ruled he was not guilty on two others, declaring there was “not a scintilla of proof.”
Then Crockett wrapped himself in victimhood: “Because I was a public official, I had to prove I was innocent.”
Not a “bribe.” Not a “scintilla of proof.” “Innocent.”
Maybe the FBI agent and prosecutor failed to make their case, but is Crockett innocent?
If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, the court of public opinion should make it a lame duck in 2018.