Cumberland Co. veterans service officer indicted for embezzlemen

Cumberland Co. veterans service officer indicted for embezzlement

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CROSSVILLE (WATE) - A report released Monday by the Tennessee State Comptroller's Division of Investigations reveals a Cumberland County veterans service officer embezzled more than $134,000, apparently for his own personal gain, over a period of more than three years.

The Cumberland County Veterans Service Office, which had been an independent organization dedicated to assisting veterans and their families obtain government benefits, became a department of Cumberland County government in 2009.

According to the comptroller's office, Mark A. Daniels, a veterans service officer, created a separate bank account in the name of the organization prior to the transition, independent of county control, and maintained the account in the years following the transition.

Comptroller's office investigators determined between July 1, 2009 and Sep. 30, 2012, Daniels converted office funds for personal use by writing checks to himself and his wife, withdrawing cash from the account, withholding cash donations, and other means.

Although Daniels repaid some of the missing funds, there was still an unpaid shortage of more than $112,000 on Sep. 30, 2012.

Daniels was placed on administrative leave and later fired. He was indicted by the Cumberland County Grand Jury on theft charges last fall.

After the investigation, Cumberland County government officials have put into place a number of changes intended to prevent similar problems from recurring.

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