published Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Hamilton County lieutenant under investigation for meal scam to retire

A Hamilton County Sheriff's Office lieutenant under investigation on allegations of misusing funds has opted to retire.

Hamilton County Lt. Rick Hamrick will retire Sept. 1, according to the sheriff's department. Hamrick was suspended with pay on June 10 while the department investigated allegations that he purchased unauthorized meals for himself and others using taxpayer money.

Under his watch, jurors and officers spent $13,000 on meals during nine jury trials in Hamilton County Criminal Court this year.

The results of the internal investigation into the allegations will be released when the investigation concludes.

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