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Comptroller: $563K Stolen from TN County Governments

News release from state Comptroller’s Office:
In the 2012 Report of Cash Shortages, auditors found that $563,372.50 of funds stolen from county governments, some dating back several years, had not been recovered. Details about the missing money can be found in the report, which was released today.
The news in the report wasn’t all bad: For the reporting period, auditors reported new thefts of $106,495.27 – down from $213,635.66 the year before. And – thanks to the recovery of $279,817.21 last year – the statewide balance of uncollected funds dropped from $736,694.44 cited in last year’s report to $563,372.50 in this year’s report.
Information about cash shortages is collected from the annual financial reports and special reports for the state’s 89 counties audited by the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit and the six counties audited by private accounting firms.
In addition to a county-by-county breakdown of cash shortages, the report also provides explanations of how the shortages were detected, how the money was stolen, corrective steps taken by counties and legal actions taken against those responsible for the thefts.
“While it is good to see that the number of new thefts was down last year and a substantial amount of money was recovered, there’s absolutely no reason to be complacent about these statistics,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “It’s important for our local government officials to constantly remain on guard against the potential theft of taxpayer money. That means they need to have good checks and balances – what our auditors refer to as ‘internal controls’ – in their procedures for how money is collected, recorded, deposited and spent. If adequate safeguards aren’t in place, the amount of stolen money identified in future cash shortage reports is likely to rise.”
To view the report online, go to: http://comptroller.tn.gov/repository/CA/2012/2012%20Cash%20Shortage%20Report.pdf

State Rewards Offered in 3 Cases: Missing Woman, Missing Child and a Murder

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is offering three rewards in three separate cases for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are criminally responsible in each case.
Haslam is offering a $10,000 reward in the case of Shelley Mook who was last seen on February 28 at the home of her ex-husband in Bedford County where she had taken her child. Several hours later, her car was discovered burning in Rutherford County. Authorities believe Mook is the victim of an aggravated kidnapping and/or intentional homicide. The governor is making the reward available at the request of District Attorney General for the 17th District Charles Crawford and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
The second reward is for $10,000 in the case of Lydia Naomi Gutierrez who was stabbed and strangled in her apartment in Gallatin on August 12, 2010 while her two sons, ages 1 and 2, were there. Her third son, who was 8, found his mother’s body when he got home from school. Haslam is making the reward available at the request of District Attorney General for the 18th District Ray Whitley.
The third reward is for $5,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Zaylee Grace Fryer, who was 4 months old at the time of her disappearance. The baby and her mother, Shauna Fryar, were reported missing from their home in Millersville on May 5. On May 7, the mother’s body was recovered from the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville around the area of the Shelby Street Bridge. Zaylee has not been seen since May 1, 2011. An Amber Alert was issued for her on May 10. The governor is making the reward available at the request of District Attorney General for the 18th District Ray Whitley.
“These are terrible crimes against women and children, and I hope these rewards will encourage anyone with information about any of these cases to contact the appropriate authorities immediately,” Haslam said.
Anyone with information on any of these cases is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.