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Shelby County’s Fraud Insurance Policy Cancelled

Travelers Insurance has canceled Shelby County’s fraud-protection policy, a move attributed to more than $1 million in losses incurred in a Chancery Court embezzlement scheme, according to the Commercial Appeal.
News of the cancellation came Tuesday as Dewun Settle, the court’s beleaguered clerk, resigned — one day after the County Commission began deliberations toward a special investigation of his office.
Settle was blistered in a series of reports that revealed grossly inadequate financial oversight.
Among concerns, an investigation by The Commercial Appeal found that Settle allowed an employee suspected of stealing $1,063,000 over three years to stay on the payroll for two months after an initial report in February revealed possible wrongdoing. During those two months, an additional $90,000 disappeared.
In a terse news release, the court’s three judges — Walter Evans, Arnold Goldin and Kenny Armstrong — said Settle’s resignation was “effective immediately.”
Former clerk John Robertson will serve as interim clerk until a new clerk is appointed