A Davidson County grand jury last week charged and indicted a former employee of the Metro Trustee’s Office with the theft of more than $60,000 in property tax payments that citizens had made in cash.
The employee, Kenneth Fleming, has since been arrested, according to a press release Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell sent Monday afternoon. The Trustee’s Office serves as the county’s tax collection agency.
“Through a standard in-house audit, we learned that some cash property tax payments made by taxpayers had been removed from the system,” Cardwell said in a statement. “These financial controls are in place to ensure the financial integrity of the Trustee’s Office to Metro taxpayers.
“Status of property owners who made these payments is secure — we consider their balances paid in full,” he said.
According to Cardwell, he notified District Attorney Torry Johnson of the theft on May 27. The employee was fired four days later.
Cardwell said the District Attorney’s Office has investigated the matter and presented its findings to the grand jury, which delivered the indictment on July 15.
District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Susan Niland did not immediately return a voicemail left by The City Paper.
“We understand that the matter now is in Criminal Court and will be handled through the judicial process,” Cardwell said. “At this time, the initial court date for Mr. Fleming has not been set.”