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Former Memphis police union head indicted

Tommy Turner (courtesy Memphis Police Department) Tommy Turner (courtesy Memphis Police Department)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A grand jury has indicted the former president of the Memphis police union, charging him with theft.

The indictment against Tommy Turner was returned Tuesday by a Shelby County grand jury.

Wednesday, Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said the indictment charges Turner with stealing between $10,000 and $60,000 between November 2004 and July 2007.

"Essentially, it is our contention that what Mr. Turner was doing was being reimbursed for expenses that were never incurred," Gibbons said.

While Gibbons wouldn't go into specifics about the case, an internal audit of the Memphis Police Association showed the Association president maxed out the limits on three union issued credit cards and withdrew more than $15,000 without authorization.

The audit also reported the Association paid out more than $16,000 in cell phone bills. Other money was spent on wining and dining, cook books, online music services, valet parking, hotels and fuel.

The Association is a victim, but also are all of the Memphis police officers who pay dues to the Association," Gibbons said.

Turner was released on $10,000 bond Tuesday afternoon.  If convicted, he may be sentenced to three to six years in prison.

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