Despite Comptroller's findings, TBI criminal investigation into

Despite Comptroller's findings, TBI criminal investigation into public utilities still ongoing

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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - Just this week, state auditors found several of the same problems our Community Watchdog investigation uncovered at two Greene County utility districts last year, but although the State Comptroller's investigation has now concluded, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continues to look into Chuckey and Cross Anchor Utility Districts for alleged theft and official misconduct.

"Our case remains active and ongoing," TBI Public Information Officer Josh DeVine said.

Third Judicial District Attorney General Berkeley Bell, who is set to retire later this month, says that TBI investigative report is the one that counts when it comes to whether or not the DA's office decides to prosecute. However, it likely won't be a decision he makes. Instead, Bell says he suspects his successor Dan Armstrong will receive the TBI's report soon after he takes office next month.

Well before the State Comptroller's Office released its findings, our Community Watchdog investigation uncovered several questionable expenses at the utilities including a pricey laptop purchased by the former acting manager, a hefty unauthorized bonus for her mother (the former director) and a more than $7,000 retirement party for that woman as well.

"These findings have been reviewed with General Bell's office," State Comptroller Public Information Officer John Dunn said. "It will be up to him (or the new DA) on whether or not to pursue indictment(s)."

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