KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The former campaign worker of Sen. Stacy Campfield has been charged with theft in the amount of $500-$1000.
The police report originally filed by Campfield Jan. 21 claimed that 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 stated 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.
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.
According to official court documents, Campfield was able to provide police with 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.
He released this statement Friday night: "She was a young girl who made a stupid mistake and I hope it gets worked out."
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