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Former Jellico City Recorder Charged With Theft

Former Jellico City Recorder Charged With Theft

CREATED Jun 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Jellico city recorder has been charged with theft after officials said she took more than $96,000 in public funds for her personal use.

The state comptroller's office said Thursday that a Campbell County grand jury has indicted Linda Douglas on charges of theft over $60,000 and official misconduct.

The comptroller's office said Douglas pocketed cash and checks collected from Jellico residents over a two year period. Officials said she also received unauthorized payroll checks and was reimbursed for unauthorized travel expenses and fuel purchases.

Officials said Douglas was able to take the money because she was given sole responsibility for receiving checks and cash and depositing the money.

An investigative report noted problems with Jellico's accounting and management practices.

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