Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker waived his first appearance hearing, originally scheduled for Monday, and pleaded not guilty to tampering with public records and abuse of office.

Tucker’s next appearance in court is set for November 21 before Circuit Judge Bynum Gibson.

Tucker was charged in September. Tampering with a public record is a felony punishable by a maximum six-year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $10,000. Abuse of office is a misdemeanor punishable by a 90 days in jail and fine of $1,000.

Tucker is alleged to have knowingly made a false entry in a public record and committed an unauthorized act purporting to be an act of his office.

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