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BREAKING: Comptroller releases investigation into missing money at Hardeman County landfill

The State of Tennessee Controller's office released the findings of an investigation into missing money from the Hardeman County Landfill Office. The investigation, spanning from a time period of July 1, 2013 to September 9, 2014, targeted a cash shortage of at least $3,062.72 between that time period. In addition, questionable adjustments made to customer accounts and write-offs totaling $9,071.44 were noted during the period examined.

The $3,062.72 existed, according to the report, due to " a department employee failing to make deposits of collections".  According to the report, On September 29, 2014, the employee admitted to investigators that 'solid waste records show that I may have taken county money for personal usage."

Le'Curnita Spencer, daughter-in-law of former Hardeman County Mayor Willie Spencer, was the target of the investigation. Spencer was terminated by Hardeman County Mayor Jimmy Sain and the investigation results have been turned over to the county. Hardeman County will pursue legal action against Spencer.

We will have a complete breakdown of this story, the investigative report, and more, in next week's Bulletin-Times.