A joint investigation by the TBI and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury led to the arrest of a former Loudon County Jail administrator charged with stealing from an inmate account.

At the request of 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson, TBI special agents began investigating 40-year-old Ruthie Teresa Smith of Lenoir City on September 4 after a comptroller's audit determined money was missing from the inmate commissary account at the Loudon County Jail. 

Investigators tell Channel 3, Smith was responsible for depositing the money in that account. The investigation revealed that between November 27, 2013 - August 17, 2014, almost $14,000 was missing from the fund.

 Smith resigned from her job in August.

On Wednesday, the Loudon County Grand Jury returned an indictment her with Theft over $10,000 and Official Misconduct. Smith turned herself in at the Loudon County Jail on Wednesday and was released after posting a $2,000 bond.