Hamblen County Trustee Indicted for Theft, Coverup

Hamblen County Trustee John Baskette has been indicted on charges that he pocketed nearly $90,000 in government cash, fabricated records to hide the theft, then replaced the missing funds after state officials launched an investigation, Knoxnews reports. A grand jury recently indicted Baskette on 40 counts of failure to deposit public funds, two counts of official misconduct, one count of destruction of government records, one count of theft over $60,000 and one count of writing a worthless check over $1,000. An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation found Baskette withheld $89,478 from county coffers after finding himself in debt personally.
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