DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A former Johnson County commissioner charged with theft has been indicted by a Grand Jury.

John Matthews resigned his Commissioner seat in June 2011 after an investigation began into unauthorized purchases.

Matthews was accused of charging up to $20,000 worth of goods on  the county’s Home Depot credit card over the last three years. According to the Cleburne Times  he is accused of buy everything from a patio table to Christmas lights and letting the county foot the bill.

They also believe Matthews funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars from a county fund into an energy company and then pocketed cash from that.

He faces nine counts of theft and abuse of power and failing to report outside income.

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