Robert Burgett, the former finance director for the City of Homewood, was arrested Tuesday on felony theft by deception charges related to the alleged misappropriation of municipal funds.

Homewood City Police learned of Burgett’s alleged misuse of city funds on April 3, CBS42 reported. Burgett, 63, had recently retired from his post as finance director just days before on March 31. He had been with the city for 13 years.

Shortly before his retirement, the city launched an investigation into “irregularities in the movement of funds.”

Burgett was taken to the Homewood City Jail to be transferred to the county lockup on a $500,000 bond.

According to WBRC, his arrest comes after months of investigation by the State Department of Examiners into the city’s policies regarding credit card usage.

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