Conway attorney Joe Don Winningham, who is representing Faulkner County Administrator Jeff Johnston, said Wednesday that his client is innocent of what he has been charged with and he expects that to be proven in the coming weeks.
Johnston was charged with theft of services Tuesday following an investigation into work done on Johnston's property involving asphalt worth about $3,800.
An investigation into work done on Johnston's 500-foot driveway began in 2008 and given to federal authorities shortly after. Nothing was pursued on the federal level after three years, and the case came back to the state level early in 2012.
Money for the asphalt has been paid back to the county in the form of a donation to the county road fund by former County Civil Attorney Stephan Hawks. Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said he believed that restitution should not absolve an alleged crime.
Winningham said he hopes a preliminary hearing can be scheduled in the next six weeks, but he declined to discuss the case specifically.
"I would just hope that when this is proven on our side, this will be reported the same way," Winningham said.