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Convicted sheriff received $50,000 in improper benefits

Times Free Press Photo by Dan Henry / Former Sheriff Billy Long is led out of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and Courthouse after being sentenced to 14 years. Times Free Press Photo by Dan Henry / Former Sheriff Billy Long is led out of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and Courthouse after being sentenced to 14 years.

By Dan Whisenhunt
Chattanooga Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA (TFP) - For nearly two years after former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long was sentenced for selling drugs and money laundering, he illegally received more than $50,000 in pension benefits at the county taxpayers' expense.

Those payments stopped Tuesday after the Times Free Press asked the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System about payments made to former elected officials convicted of felonies.

The state Treasury Department, which administers the program, discovered the error when looking up the information. The department reported that the county did not notify the TCRS of Long's federal indictment and conviction, and has continued to pay him long since he was sentenced in November 2008. As of Aug. 31, Long had received $50,456.

 

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