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Whistleblower facing accusations; maintains innocence in case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---71-year-old Alvin Brown, a Palmyra town council member, has one guess as to why his name is being brought up in the case against Palmyra officials. This time, it's not as a whistleblower.

"They're grasping for straws to make an excuse. That's what it all comes down to," says Alvin Brown.

WDRB obtained town hall minutes from Palmyra dating back to June 14th of this year.

It was during that meeting that complaints from then- town manager, Cheri Banet, were read. The complaints that were against Brown.

During public comments, he was quoted as saying "I have one word…retaliation".

"And I made that statement, it was retaliation on me because I had been bugging her and asking her a lot of questions," says Alvin Brown.

Brown says it started earlier in the year, when he says he found out Virginia Kirkham, a town board member, was cleaning buildings, but her paychecks were being made out to her husband.

The Harrison County prosecutor says it was so she would not lose her current unemployment benefits.

Five people have since been indicted.

Brown hasn't been indicted, but he doesn't deny giving approval to at least two of the checks.

"The motion was to pay the bills. You had 30 or 40 claims and I signed it, until I found out I should be doing it and I tried to amend it", says Alvin Brown.

Brown admits he's had his arguments with the former town manager Cheri Banet.

In numerous employee complaints, she states that "everyone feels threatened by him".

However, Brown says he didn't retaliate or alert officials because of the complaints. He maintains he didn't do anything wrong.

"They've got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, and that's the way it is. There's no retaliation to it. I was doing what was legal," says Alvin Brown.

Cheri Banet has acquired a lawyer, and could not comment.

She is preparing to sue the city of Palmyra, which also includes Brown for infliction of emotional distress.

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