New details released about former Rockwood official's theft indi

New details released about former Rockwood official's theft indictment

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ROCKWOOD (WATE) - New details are coming out about the credit card purchases that led to the resignation and indictment of a Rockwood official.

Tom Pierce, a former city coordinator, resigned after it was revealed that he used a city credit card to purchase several guns. He was recently indicted on seven counts for theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and official misconduct.

Pierce told city officials he was using the guns to help protect himself while rounding up stray dogs.

In an audit investigation report by the state comptroller released Wednesday, new details about the accusations against Pierce were revealed.

The report found he used a city credit card and a city store charge card to purchase at least $32,725 in property and services for his personal benefit over a period of about three years.

The purchases included nearly $12,000 in guns, ammunition and firearm accessories, more than $7,000 in clothing, nearly $6,000 for camera equipment, more than $4,000 in online college tuition and nearly $4,000 for other miscellaneous personal items. 

Among the items purchased were 11 guns, gun accessories, polo shirts, jeans, underwear, two premium cameras, protein powder, testosterone booster, books, and music.

Pictures of the goods are available on the comptroller's website.

Investigators determined that all of these charges were paid for with city funds. 

Both the current mayor and the former mayor told investigators that they had no knowledge Pierce had purchased the personal items at the city's expense and said they would not have given permission for the city to pay for such expenses.

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