Audit says Sneedville utility manager took ratepayer funds

Audit says Sneedville utility manager took ratepayer funds

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NASHVILLE (AP) - An investigation by the state comptroller's office has found that the former Sneedville Utility District manager took ratepayer money and helped herself to thousands of dollars in cash and unauthorized perks.

The investigative audit, which was released on Wednesday, details how Connie Mitchell helped herself to more than $27,000 in cash, checks and unauthorized insurance benefits while working for the utility in the scenic mountain town in upper east Tennessee.

The audit says Mitchell took more than $7,000 of ratepayer money for her own personal use, and spent nearly $20,000 in district funds to upgrade her insurance policy.

Last month the Hancock County grand jury indicted Mitchell on one count of theft over $1,000. A call to a phone number in Mitchell's name went unanswered.

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