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VOL. 38 | NO. 33 | Friday, August 15, 2014

Ex-museum worker allegedly takes $61K in scheme

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NASHVILLE (AP) - An investigative report from the Tennessee comptroller of the treasury alleges that a former Tennessee State Museum worker took more than $61,000 in taxpayer money.

Investigators determined that the woman, who has not been identified, was a convicted felon on parole for a theft of property of over $60,000.

Museum officials were not aware of her conviction at the time she was hired as an administrative services assistant in 2011.

According to the report, the woman admitted to falsifying 26 invoices and submitting them for payment to her personal account. She also admitted using a rental car for 15 months and billing the museum for more than $12,000.

The woman has since been terminated. The local prosecutor will determine whether to pursue charges.

The museum is taking steps to require background checks on future employees.