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$51 thousand dollars stolen from animal shelter

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Morristown, TN (WJHL) -


      The state of Tennessee says an employee concealed more than $51 thousand dollars stolen from an animal shelter.   The Tennessee state comptrollers office says receipts at the Morristown- Hamblem Humane Society were backdated up to 11 years before a computer system was added.   Investigators say the money was stolen by an employee that was later fired.   State auditors looked through two years of records, and say they found records of money that was never deposited into the shelter's bank account   Investigators say the money that was stolen was supposed to be used to operate the shelter, enforce animal control ordinances and cruelty investigations. 

   Investigators say the employee admitted to backdating a receipt to "borrow" $120, but refused to speak with investigators after being fired. Auditors also found problems with the humane society's accounting procedures which they say made the theft easier to conceal. 

"It is very important that there is an appropriate amount of oversight when public funds are being accepted, recorded and spent or deposited," Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. "Putting too many responsibilities in the hands of one individual without that kind of oversight can create situations that are ripe for fraud or abuse. It is very unfortunate in this case that money that could have been used to help stray and abused animals in Hamblen County isn't available for that purpose because of this." 

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