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Tim Keene found guilty, son not guilty of theft from county

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(TBI) arrested Kevin Keene, 25, and Tim Keene, 50, both of Laurel Bloomery on Thursday, March 29, 2012 for both allegedly selling scrap metal that was the property of Johnson County and selling it for personal profit. They were indicted by the Johnson County grand jury. Both men recently appeared in court on August 30, 2012. A jury found Kevin Keene not guilty of his charges. Tim Keene was found guilty by a jury of the charge of theft under $500. He was given a $1,500 fine and is due back in court on October 5, 2012, regarding additional charges.
Tim Keene, a former Johnson County Transfer Station Director, was charged with one count of theft under $500, 24 counts of failure to register motor vehicle titles and nine counts of improper influence of a grand juror. Kevin Keene, Tim Keene’s son, was indicted on one count of theft under $500. The men reportedly took scrap metal from the transfer station and sold it a private scrap metal company, but failed to turn to money over to the county.
The TBI opened the investigation into the matter in April of 2011 at the request of the 1st Judicial District Attorney General after Larry Potter, mayor of Johnson County, reported the missing funds. After an audit by the Tennessee Comptroller’s office, Tim Keene was booked into the Johnson County Jail on a $5,000 bond and Kevin Keene on a $2,500 bond.