Johnson City TN employee arrested for embezzlement www.privateofficer.com
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -April 1 2012
Today, investigators arrested a Johnson County, Tenn. government employee accused of stealing money from the county.
In November of last year, the Johnson Co. mayor’s office told us Kelly Horne was suspended after a state audit revealed money missing from solid waste transfer station collection fees.
At the time of the alleged incident, Horne worked for the county clerk and the county mayor.
Investigators said Horne misappropriated more than $40,000 by manipulating numbers at the county’s transfer station where trash is dropped off.
The charges against Horne include theft over $10,000, four counts of forgery, official misconduct and four counts of hindering a secured creditor.
The charges include that Horne “knowingly, with the intent to defraud or harm” committed forgery against creditors, including Johnson County Bank & Farmers State Bank. Further charges accuse Horne of unlawfully claiming interest or ownership of a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck and a 1998 Ford Explorer.
Horne’s bond has been set at $15,000.
The Johnson County Grand Jury indicted Horne on the charges earlier this week.
The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office revealed that Horne misappropriated a large sum of solid waste fees.
Horne was suspended immediately last November, when Mayor Larry Potter was told about the missing cash. Potter told us the audit revealed $22,000 in missing deposits and manipulated checks and $19,000 in missing cash