MEMPHIS – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the office of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury and the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the indictment of a former Public Works Superintendent on theft and misconduct charges.
On March 20, 2015, at the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, TBI Special Agents began investigating the financial accounts of the water fund in the town of Mason, after an audit by the Comptroller’s office found several irregularities. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that from January 2007 through March 2015, former Public Works Superintendent Christopher Trimble received unauthorized compensation in overtime, vacation time, sick leave and holiday pay, in an amount totaling more than $600,000.
On Monday, the Tipton County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Trimble, 49, with one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Theft over $60,000. Trimble turned himself in to authorities Tuesday night and was booked into the the Tipton County Jail on a $50,000 bond. The audit from the Comptroller’s office will be available Tuesday, July 19.