JOHNSON CITY – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a Whitesburg man charged with stealing from the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society.

On June 2, 2103, at the request of then-3rd District Attorney General Berkeley Bell, TBI Special Agents worked in conjunction with auditors with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury to investigate a theft from the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society. A May 2013 audit by the Comptroller’s Office revealed that more than $50,000 was missing from the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that from July 1, 2009 through October 31, 2011, receipts had been altered and funds were not deposited into the agency’s bank account. Further investigation led them to Humane Society employee Chris Collins as the person responsible for the missing funds. Collins is no longer employed by that agency.

On Monday, the Hamblen County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Chris Collins, charging the 40-year-old with one count of Theft over $10,000. Today, Collins was arrested and booked at the Hamblen County Jail, where he was released after posting a $30,000 bond.

Chris Collins