Ex-clerk spent $5,400 of Cleveland Utilities' money on handbags and more during eight-month spending spree

Ex-clerk spent $5,400 of Cleveland Utilities' money on handbags and more during eight-month spending spree

January 22nd, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

A former clerk at Cleveland Utilities in Cleveland, Tennessee, misused at least $5,415 of utility funds on what the Tennessee Comptroller's Office called an eight-month spending spree.

A former clerk at Cleveland Utilities in Cleveland,...

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The former clerk at Cleveland Utilities in Bradley County who went on a $5,400 spending spree with the utility's funds has been given judicial diversion and paid restitution, the district attorney says.

The Tennessee Comptroller's Office released a report Tuesday saying the unnamed woman bought designer purses and travel bags, woodworking equipment, headphones and more with the utility's money between September 2017 and April 2018. 

Investigators determined the woman bought at least 92 items for her personal use by falsifying purchasing documents and using the utilities' tax-exempt status to avoid paying sales taxes.

She was fired in May 2018, according to the comptroller's office. 

Steve Crump, district attorney for the 10th Judicial District that includes Bradley County, said his office is evaluating the full report to decide if anyone else needs to be charged in the financial diversion. 

"There are a number of serious concerns that our investigation has raised and we will be looking to deal with them expeditiously," Crump said. "Our office will also issue a report if no other charges are forthcoming."


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