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Kevin and Tim Keene charged with theft of scrap metal belonging to county

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested two individuals Thursday, March 29, 2012 for allegedly selling scrap metal that was property of the county and selling it for personal profit after they were indicted by the Johnson County grand jury. Charged in the case is a former Johnson County employee and his son.
Former Johnson County Solid Waste Director, Tim Keene, 50, of Laurel Bloomery, TN was charged with one count of theft under $500, 25 counts of failure to register motor vehicle title and nine counts of improper influence of a grand juror. Tim Keene’s son, Kevin Keene, 25, of Laurel Bloomery, was indicted on one count of theft under $500. The Keenes reportedly took scrap metal from the transfer station and sold it to a private scrap metal company and failed to turn the money over to the county. After Tim Keene was suspended from his position, 19 motor vehicle titles were found in his desk without proper signatures. He was also charged with attempting to sway the outcome of the grand jury’s proceeding.
TBI opened the investigation in April of 2011 at the request of the 1st Judicial District Attorney General after the Johnson County mayor reported the missing funds. The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office also conducted an audit. Tim Keene was booked into the Johnson County Jail on $5,000 bond and Kevin Keene on $2,500 bond.