TBI joins investigation of Knox Co. Mayor's Office

TBI joins investigation of Knox Co. Mayor's Office

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- TBI agents have retrieved computers and documents from the Knox County Mayor's Office in connection to the investigation of possible purchasing card abuse.

Last week, the TBI gave Knox County a subpoena for computers and documents belonging to former Community Services Director Cynthia Finch and other members of her staff.

The county has turned over those computers, which had been kept in a locked vault since Finch and others left county employment.  

Knox County Law Director John Owings says the mayor's office wasn't aware of the TBI's actions until after the computers were taken.

At the beginning of July, Shelby County prosecutor Bill Bright was assigned to head up an investigation of "suspected criminal actions" in Knox County finances.

Bright requested the TBI's assistance, according to the Communications Director for the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Jennifer Donnals.

TBI officials say they can't release any more information on this investigation because it's ongoing.

John Gill, with the Knox County DA's office, says currently, the only thing DA Bright has been designated to investigate are the county issues surrounding Finch and her staff.

The law director says Knox County will continue to cooperate with the TBI investigation and forensics experts will review all the info in the confiscated computers.

The deputy spokeswoman for the Mayor Mike Ragsdale's office Susanne Dupes says Friday they have no comment.

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