Sen. Campfield claims staffer forged campaign checks

KPD police report says Sen. Campfield claims staffer forged campaign checks

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

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A police report is revealing new details about State Senator Stacy Campfield's claim that a former campaign worker stole money, checks and other items from the senator's home.  

Campfield told 6 News Tuesday three checks totaling $900 were forged in his name and withdrawn from his campaign fund.

6 News obtained the police report filed by Campfield Tuesday which claims Kali Bales, a former paid campaign worker, entered Campfield's home and took several hundred dollars worth of cash, checks and loose change. Campfield says Bales also took other items including DVD's, CD's and books.   

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

The KPD report states the three checks were written to Bales and appeared to be signed off on by Campfield between Nov. 20 and Nov. 26.  

Campfield maintains he was the only one authorized to make transactions on his campaign account.  

KPD says they can't confirm or deny if that's true because the case is still under investigation.  

The state senator says he initially didn't plan to file a police report, saying he wanted Bales to pay back the money and move on.  

"She sent me an email yesterday saying I put in a check in the mail to you on Saturday. I said, 'Well I'm sorry. I already turned it over to the police,'" explained Campfield. "I said, 'Friday was drop dead due date. I didn't want to do this, but you made me force my hand.'"

Campfield also told police he has a written and taped confession from Bales, saying that once he confronted her, she admitted to the crime.  

Campfield says he has personally known Bales for two years and always thought of her as a friend.

Campfield says BAles was paid between $250 and $400 for her work in helping design mail advertisements during a two week period in October in preparation to Campfield's fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A.  

Authorities plan to meet before deciding whether to file charges.

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