published Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

GBI probing allegation of Eton, Ga., police misusing seized money

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether employees of the Eton Police Department in Murray County misused seized funds, according to the agent heading the probe.

Jerry Scott, the GBI agent in charge at Calhoun, declined to give details on how many employees are being investigated, if they are police officers or how much money is involved in the case.

Scott said his office began the investigation at the request of District Attorney Kermit McManus, who contacted the GBI on Sept. 15.

“Once the investigation is complete we will turn over the information to the district attorney’s office,” Scott said.

McManus said Eton city attorney Terry Miller contacted him about the possible misuse of funds. He then sent a letter to the GBI.

An investigation involving misused funds is “very rare,” McManus said.

Eton Police Department Chief Brent Hooper did not immediately return a phone message this morning.

A photo on the department’s website indicates the city has five officers including the chief. Eton has a population of about 500.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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