Former NWA Alderman Stole Thousands, Lawsuit Says

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- Former Fayetteville City Council member Alan Long, who resigned from office on Saturday, has been accused of pilfering tens of thousands of dollars, according to a lawsuit filed by his former domestic partner. 

Steven H. Kay filed a lawsuit in Washington County Circuit Court against his former domestic partner of 12 years on October 31, accusing Long of pilfering that money over a three-year period. 

The lawsuit states Kay and Long lived together and split finances 50/50. They had a joint bank account, and Long handled the finances due to his master's degree in business and auditor experience. 

Kay accused Long of taking thousands from multiple joint accounts for "purposes known only to him." 

As for what Long was doing with the money, the lawsuit states he was likely using it in an effort to move to Chicago under the "guise of working for his employer, Newly Wed Foods.' Kay said Long's company pays for his Chicago apartment, and the former alderman only returns to Fayetteville when his position on the city council requires it. 

"Alan Long does not live in the ward he represents," the lawsuit states. "And he did not reside in the ward he represents at the time he ran for reelection in 2016." 

Court records state no hearing has been scheduled for the lawsuit yet. 

In his resignation letter to Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Long cites "family and professional obligations, combined with the enormous time commitment required of a council member," as his reasons for leaving the position. 

Long represented west Fayetteville in ward 4, position 2. 

The Fayetteville City Council meets on Tuesday evening, and Jordan has recommended placing the vacancy on the council's agenda, according to the Fayetteville Flyer

Read the full lawsuit here


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