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Hani Hashem, a Monticello attorney representing Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, said in a Friday afternoon news release that there are no pending allegations of theft or personal benefit by the mayor regarding the expenditure of Monticello Advertising & Promotion Funds.

“In response to recent news articles, it is appropriate that I make a limited comment on behalf of my client, Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker,” Hashem wrote. “We are currently cooperating with the proper officials and agencies regarding the utilization of certain funds from the Monticello Advertising & Promotion Commission. There are no allegations of theft or that Mayor Tucker personally benefited from the expenditure of funds.

“Mayor Tucker will continue in his elected position while the investigation is ongoing,” Hashem said. “The business of Monticello will continue.”

Hashem said, as Tucker’s legal counsel, he instructed Mayor Tucker to not comment on the matter, as it works through the legal process.

Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said Thursday he requested a state police investigation into what appears to be a fictitious invoice and any transactions related to an April 3, 2015 check for $22,500 endorsed by Tucker.