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Hamilton County Jailer: "I didn't do it"

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- A Hamilton County corrections officer is accused of faking cancer, and stealing from co-workers.

Thursday night, Channel 3 is hearing from Dale Daniel for the first time since a grand jury indicted him.

He says he never asked anyone for money, but Jailer Dale Daniel found himself on the other side of the bars.

It's the result of a month-long investigation into accusations Daniel faked cancer.

"He was operating to our knowledge in fraud, in telling he had cancer or serious illnesses and needed time off," Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammonds tells Channel 3.

Sheriff Jim Hammond says Daniel, at his request, received $2,000 in leave time and money to help with added expenses.

Hammond calls it an abuse of tax payer dollars, and his department.

"The emotional fraud he presented his fellow employees, feinting an illness which people take very serious when they know a friend is sick," the sheriff says.

Channel 3 found Daniel at his apartment home at the foot of Signal Mountain.

He spoke to us briefly, admitting he does not have cancer.

"You admit you don't have cancer," Channel 3 asks.

"That's what I told them, yes ma'am," Daniel says. "That's what all this boiled down to."

Daniel says he took time off for back problems, and says the truth will come out in court.

"I didn't do it," Daniel says. "I didn't do it for the money. I didn't ask them for any money."

A grand jury indicted Daniel on nine counts of misdemeanor theft.

He turned himself in Thursday morning, and was released on bond.

Until he has his day in court, Daniel will remain on un-paid leave.

This isn't the first time an employee has been accused of using cancer to scam tax payers.

Keele Maynor, a former City of Chattanooga employee, admitted to faking cancer and scamming co-workers and charitable organizations out of thousands of dollars.

In 2010, she pleaded guilty to nine counts and was sentenced to three and a half years behind bars.

Sheriff Hammond says the county learned from the city in how to deal with cases like this, which he says are now referred to in the department as "Keele cases."


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