published Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Franklin County: Probation officer resigns after cash shortage found

A cash shortage has been discovered in the Franklin County Probation Office, leading to the resignation of the county’s probation officer, state authorities said.

A joint investigation by the Comptroller’s Division of County Audit and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation revealed a shortage of $7,660, according to a statement from the state comptroller’s office.

As a result of the investigation, a Franklin County grand jury indicted county probation officer Gena R. Hall earlier this month, the statement said, and she resigned the same day she was indicted.

Probationers are sometimes must make payments as part of their judicial sentences and the county probation office is responsible for collecting those payments. Investigators compared copies of receipts issued by the probation office and the office’s actual bank deposits. Between Nov. 25, 2009 and Aug. 30, 2010, receipts exceeded the actual bank deposits by $7,660, the comptroller’s office said.

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