Mayor Suspected of Trading Services to Pay Gambling Debts, Son Leads Prayer Rally
“I don’t know what’s true and what’s false. I can’t enlighten you on any of that. I wish I could. I wish I could stand here and say my dad is innocent or my dad is guilty. People are very quick to judge. There are obviously millions of rumors going around and they’re not all true,” Daniel Hodges said.
The TBI says Mayor Hodges participated in gambling at the Millington shop “Transmission Doctors.” According to the documents, he had also accrued debt totalling more than $10 thousand, and was willing to offer city services in exchange for settling the debt. According to a confidential informant, Hodges talked about $40 thousand dollars worth of drainage work, and told him that the City of Millington was going to provide, “drainage work, curb cut, trees, grass and other work done outside of his business in Millington.”
The documents also detail a conversation about giving the informant a real Millington police badge in exchange for money. Apparently Millington Police Chief Ray Douglas knew about the badge offer, but told authorities he did not want to give a police badge to the informant. The documents also state Chief Douglas knew about the gambling, but did not play.