Former Whitwell police chief, city recorder charged with theft

Former Whitwell police chief, city recorder charged with theft

August 11th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

In this file photo, former Whitwell Police Chief Ronnie Davis. Davis has been arrested on theft charges over use of city credit cards for personal purchases.

Photo by Ben Benton/Times Free Press.

The former city recorder and police chief of Whitwell, Tenn., were arrested this week on theft charges, according to a release from the state Comptroller's Office.

Former city recorder Robin Nipper and former police chief Ronnie Davis Jr. are accused of using city credit cards to make unauthorized personal purchases, the release states.

Nipper used a city credit card issued in her name at stores such as GameStop, Aeropostale, Hot Topic and Dish Network, according to investigators, and also made more than $9,100 in online payments on the cards from the city's bank account. Nipper reimbursed the city on some of the charges, the release states.

Davis made more than $4,500 in personal purchases at stores such as Abercrombie and ACT Programs on a city credit card issued in his name, the release stated. He also repaid the city for his personal charges before the investigation was completed, the release said.

Davis admitted to state auditors that he made the purchases on the credit card, but claimed Nipper authorized him to make the purchases as long as he paid them back, according to authorities. Nipper denies his claim.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.