Investigators: Couple stole nearly $121,000 from taxpayers
JASPER, MARION COUNTY (WRCB) – A Marion County couple have been arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on charges of stealing money from two government agencies.
According to TBI agents, former Marion County election commissioner Holly Henegar, 53, issued more than 100 county payroll checks to 34 individuals in an elaborate case of fraud.
The investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, found former county elections administrator Holly Henegar issued more than 100 checks to 34 people, including children between 2003 and 2010.
Investigators say the checks were issued for work Henegar claims was done for the election commission.
Instead, investigators found the checks totaling $27,170.93 were being funneled to Henegar's husband, Billy Joe Henegar.
Investigators say nine of the 34 people who received checks were under the age of 14.
After it became apparent that Billy Joe Henegar, 68, was receiving some of the money allegedly funneled by his wife, TBI agents began investigating the financial records of the Haletown Volunteer Fire Department, where Henegar worked.
According to investigators, nearly $94,000 was unaccounted for in the Haletown VFD books.
The cash shortage resulted from Mr. Henegar's paying personal expenses as well as cash donations and county contributions being withheld from deposit into the fire department's bank accounts.
The personal expenses included payments on credit cards, utilities, computer equipment, food purchases and cellular phone services.
Holly Henegar is charged with one count of theft over $10,000 and has been booked in the Marion County Jail on $7,500 bond.
Billy Joe Henegar is charged with one county of theft over $60,000 and has been booked in the Marion County Jail on $10,000 bond.