State Sen. Campfield claims campaign staffer stole cash

State Sen. Campfield claims campaign staffer stole cash, forged checks

State Sen. Stacey Campfield (source: State of Tennessee) State Sen. Stacey Campfield (source: State of Tennessee)

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - State Sen. Stacey Campfield said he believes a former campaign worker stole money, checks and other items from the senator's home.

Campfield filed a police report with the Knoxville Police Department Friday evening, claiming Kali Bales committed burglary and forgery.

Bales has not been charged in the alleged crimes.

KPD said according to the police report, Campfield said the alleged crimes happened while he was away during the Thanksgiving break.

Campfield suspects Bales of stealing several hundred dollars' worth of cash and loose change and other items including DVDs, CDs and books and said Bales forged checks totaling around $900.

Campfield said he tracked down the forged cashed checks to Bales' bank account, leading him to suspect her involvement.

Campfield told KPD he has a written and taped confession from Bales, saying once he confronted her, she admitted to the crimes.

Campfield said he initially did not plan to file a police report against Bales and said he wanted her to pay back the money owed to him and move on, but once she failed to repay him, he went to police.

"I hope this unfortunate circumstance gets worked out quickly," Campfield told 6 News.

KPD said investigators are continuing to look into the alleged crimes and a decision on whether or not to file charges has not been made yet.

Bales has not responded to requests for comment.

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