Former commissioner Taylor Barbaree avoids trial of theft charges

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Tallahassee (WTVY)-- A former Dothan city commissioner charged with two felonies will avoid trial after he was placed in a pretrial diversion program. If Taylor Barbaree successfully completes the program the charges against him will be dismissed.

Barbaree was arrested in March for Theft of Property by Deception and Possession of a Forged Instrument. He was accused of bilking a Dothan limited liability company out of about $11,000 in what police say was a bogus investment scheme.

Because he had no prior criminal record and due to the the nature of the charges, Barbaree qualified for pretrial diversion. He must pay fines, court costs, and fees.

Barbaree served as city commissioner for nearly ten years before resigning in November 2014 following questionable use of a city-issued credit card though he was not accused of criminal wrongdoing.

He was placed on pretrial diversion Tuesday.