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TBI charges Kelly Horne with Theft of Funds

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a former county employee for her alleged role in a theft case involving funds from the Johnson County Solid Waste Transfer station after she was indicted by the Johnson County grand jury late last week.
Kelly Horne, 44, of Tanglewood Drive, Mountain City, Tenn. was charged with one count of theft over $10,000, four counts of forgery, four counts of hindering a secured creditor and one count of official misconduct. All the charges are felonies. Horne began working as the secretary for the Johnson County Mayor in September of 2010 where she was responsible for depositing checks and cash from residents who paid a fee to the Johnson County Solid Waste Transfer station. Between September 2010 and August 2011, Horne allegedly took more than $40,000 from those funds for her personal use.
Between August 2009 and June 2010 on four different occasions, Horne reportedly signed the names of other individuals on four discharge of lien forms for three of Horne’s personal vehicles and applied for new titles. Horne had worked in the Johnson County Clerk’s office before being employed in the mayor’s office. The official misconduct charge was for allegedly committing the offenses while working as a public servant and using the county position for personal gain.
The 1st Judicial District Attorney General’s office requested the TBI investigation following a Tennessee Comptroller’s audit of the Johnson County Mayor’s office. Horne was booked into the Johnson County Jail today on a $15,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in criminal court on April 18, 2012.