Kevin Graham arrested - 6 months later

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“You know they all....pretend”

Since: Nov 08

Flush 'em out, TN

#1 May 3, 2010
Source: The Rogersville Review
By Bill Grubb
News Editor

ROGERSVILLE - Kevin Graham, son of Clerk and Master Shirley Graham and a former employee of the office, has been charged with theft of property valued between $10,000 and $60,000.

Graham was named in a sealed indictment handed down April 16 and taken into custody at his Brooks Circle Residence Friday morning by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Scotty Ferguson and District Attorney's Office Investigator Teddy Collingsworth.

The charges are based on the findings of a special audit by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, released in December 2009.

According to the report, Clerk and Master Shirley Graham discovered a "cash shortage of $14,868.91" in September, with her son identified as the individual responsible for the financial irregularities.

Chief Deputy Kevin Graham was suspended without pay October 15 and later resigned.
Shirley Graham reportedly notified auditors of the problem on September 23, 2009. During an investigation covering the period from July 1, 2008 until September 24, 2009, auditors reportedly uncovered discrepancies involving 19 receipts, with the amount of the transactions ranging from $305.37 to $1,538.86 and totaling nearly $15,000.

According to the audit report, issued by Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, "this shortage resulted from the misappropriation of cash collections and improper entries made to official records to conceal the theft."

"Employees of the office properly issued computer generated receipts for delinquent property tax collections. However, the chief deputy, Mr. Kevin Graham, subsequently posted entries to the computer system improperly voiding 19 tax receipts that had been paid in cash," the report claims. "Mr. Graham subsequently made entries to the tax rolls to reflect that the taxes on the properties had been paid by the taxpayers. He also forwarded reports to the Office of Trustee reflecting that the taxes had been paid on these properties to prevent future delinquency notices from being sent to taxpayers by the trustee."

"The clerk and master liquidated the cash shortage ($14,868.91) with personal funds on October 15, 2009," according to auditors.

The report recommends the clerk and master's office should "improve internal control procedures over the delinquent property tax collection process by regularly reviewing the computer generated audit log" and notes that "the clerk and master and/or at least one other clerk" are now reviewing the tax audit log daily.

The report also cites concerns over the lack of segregation of duties in the office and the failure to reconcile unpaid balances to determine if the amounts reflected as uncollected are correct.

"The official and employees responsible for maintaining and accounting records in the office were also involved in receipting, depositing, and/or disbursing funds," the report notes.

In her response Graham told auditors the office "does not employ a sufficient number of employees to segregate duties suggested by internal control auditing standards, however, we will do so to every extent possible."

The county's Web site, which as of Monday still listed Kevin Graham as chief deputy clerk, indicates the office has two other clerks.

According to auditors the shortage has been discussed with Chancellor Thomas Frierson, who appoints the clerk and master, and with representatives from the district attorney general's office.
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I have two questions, right off the top of my head:
1. Why did it take 6 months after the discovery for authorities to make an arrest?
2. Why is the mother not also being arrested?
To Much Infor

United States

#3 May 3, 2010
Another Thought:
I would like to Thank You Mo for providing us with the Up To The Minute News.
I think that we, that come to Topix to read The Real Truth News should Elect YOU to be our Official New Reporter.
What do you think Mo?
Should we put you on the Ballet?
I am not being a SmartA55 here I am Serious.

Thanks Again
Question

Milan, TN

#4 May 3, 2010
Isn't what Mrs. Graham did illegal, too?
Legal Scholar

Kingsport, TN

#5 May 3, 2010
Technically yes, but she was not indicted, probably since she was the one to tell the Comptroller's office about it, which she was legally required to do. If she had not told them and just paid it back, then yes, it would be obstruction of justice and conspiracy. So she saved herself by doing the right thing she was required to and reporting it.
hmmmmm

Greeneville, TN

#6 May 3, 2010
I have two questions, right off the top of my head:
1. Why did it take 6 months after the discovery for authorities to make an arrest?
2. Why is the mother not also being arrested?

1. it's Rogersville
2. it's Rogersville

“You know they all....pretend”

Since: Nov 08

Flush 'em out, TN

#7 May 3, 2010
You people already know what I'm thinking; it's the timing of the arrest that is curious.
The 6 months' time, from when his mama turned him in to now?
I mean, he was already outed for the theft by his own mama, yet it took authorities months to make the arrest?
There's more to this than meets the eye - or we've got some seriously dense authorities.
metal noggin

Bristol, TN

#8 May 3, 2010
moparedtn wrote:
You people already know what I'm thinking; it's the timing of the arrest that is curious.
The 6 months' time, from when his mama turned him in to now?
I mean, he was already outed for the theft by his own mama, yet it took authorities months to make the arrest?
There's more to this than meets the eye - or we've got some seriously dense authorities.
I'm sure it's not as easy as it sounds. They probably had miles of paperwork to go thru and check and double check. That was alot of money, not a couple of hundred dollars.
Legal Scholar

Kingsport, TN

#9 May 3, 2010
After the mother reported it the Comptroller's office had to do an investigation that included a full audit, write a report, and make recommendations. The case was then referred to District Attorney Bell who referred it to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury has a very long backlog of cases to consider. They considered it and recommended indictment, then the indictment was made and the arrest followed. The Grand Jury, which is comprised of volunteer citizens such as yourself, did not recommend that the mother be indicted, and the local prosecutor likely did not feel that such a indictment would have a reasonable chance of resulting in a conviction for anything.
metal noggin

Bristol, TN

#10 May 3, 2010
hmmmmm wrote:
I have two questions, right off the top of my head:
1. Why did it take 6 months after the discovery for authorities to make an arrest?
2. Why is the mother not also being arrested?
1. it's Rogersville
2. it's Rogersville
Why should the mother be arrested? She turned him in!! She paid it back so the people who the money was stolen from would not lose their @$$.
Thinkin out loud

United States

#11 May 3, 2010
moparedtn wrote:
You people already know what I'm thinking; it's the timing of the arrest that is curious.
The 6 months' time, from when his mama turned him in to now?
I mean, he was already outed for the theft by his own mama, yet it took authorities months to make the arrest?
There's more to this than meets the eye - or we've got some seriously dense authorities.
Maybe someone tryin look good for election?
goodness

Kingsport, TN

#12 May 3, 2010
metal noggin wrote:
<quoted text>
Why should the mother be arrested? She turned him in!! She paid it back so the people who the money was stolen from would not lose their @$$.
You must be a real dipweed! Yes she turned him in after she repaid the money and was probably afraid she would get caught also. It's illegal to try to cover up somthing like this even if it is your own child!!! She should be arrested also!
Janie Dog Pooh

Johnson City, TN

#13 May 3, 2010
I'd like to see Kevin make out with his mom. That would be so hot.
metal noggin

Bristol, TN

#14 May 4, 2010
goodness wrote:
<quoted text>You must be a real dipweed! Yes she turned him in after she repaid the money and was probably afraid she would get caught also. It's illegal to try to cover up somthing like this even if it is your own child!!! She should be arrested also!
You must be the dipweed my friend. You're "probably" statements go nowhere in your argument. Let's break that one out to the judge. Well, judge my argument is, she "probably" had something to do with it. DUH!! Plus, SHE DIDN'T COVER ANYTHING UP FOR HER SON!!

“You know they all....pretend”

Since: Nov 08

Flush 'em out, TN

#15 May 4, 2010
metal noggin wrote:
<quoted text>
You must be the dipweed my friend. You're "probably" statements go nowhere in your argument. Let's break that one out to the judge. Well, judge my argument is, she "probably" had something to do with it. DUH!! Plus, SHE DIDN'T COVER ANYTHING UP FOR HER SON!!
That would all depend on when she went about paying back the money on behalf of her dishonest son, versus when she went through proper channels to report the thefts, wouldn't it?

“You know they all....pretend”

Since: Nov 08

Flush 'em out, TN

#16 May 4, 2010
...and since she reported him in September, then paid back the missing funds in October, she doesn't look to have "covered up" anything, at least on the surface.
those bones

Kingsport, TN

#17 May 4, 2010
yep the boy was like this in school couldn't fend for himself let alone take care of an easy job Mommy got for him
those bones

Kingsport, TN

#18 May 4, 2010
Question wrote:
Isn't what Mrs. Graham did illegal, too?
nah she payed it back and reported it now if it can be shown she delayed reporting maybe then
unknown

Kingsport, TN

#19 May 4, 2010
those bones wrote:
yep the boy was like this in school couldn't fend for himself let alone take care of an easy job Mommy got for him
How would you know?
those bones

Kingsport, TN

#20 May 4, 2010
unknown wrote:
<quoted text> How would you know?
grew up in same neighborhood and went to school with him that is how I know
just me

Kingsport, TN

#21 May 4, 2010
if this had been ordarney people how long would it take for a warrent tobe written for your arrest.i also believe everyone holding any kind of office should be given radom drug tests.they are human to.bet the would be a lot of jobs openings.there is no fair bonding or judging in hawkins county.

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