Tennessee sheriff, 2 employees charged in indictment
TAZEWELL, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee sheriff has been indicted on charges including using inmates for personal gain and misconduct, and two employees are also charged.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 72-year-old Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray and the employees, 54-year-old Larry Allen Roberts and 45-year-old Larry Lee Martin, were charged Wednesday and jailed on $10,000 bond.
The TBI alleges that for the past year, Ray used inmate labor and county resources to work on personal vehicles and equipment and used inmates to assemble campaign signs. The agency also accuses him of forging and altering a vehicle title and trying to evade proper sales tax on several personal vehicles.
A news release from TBI alleges Roberts used a county vehicle to acquire a controlled substance and that Martin possessed a handgun despite being a convicted felon.