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Audit says former MPA prez stole over $26,000

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Stealing from children and getting traffic tickets paid off...these are just some of the charges leveled against former Memphis Police Association President Tommy Turner.

A state audit accuses former president Tommy Turner of stealing more than $26,000 dollars from the MPA.

Click here to read the audit.

The Memphis Police Association holds a softball tournament every year. According to the audit, Turner kept $5,859 profit from the tournament over two years.

The auditor says Turner paid off his personal American Express bill with $4,403 that belonged to the MPA.

When a local law firm refunded the MPA $2,878 in legal fees, Turner is accused of putting the money in his own pocket.

Starting on page six in the audit, the state of Tennessee makes a series of recommendations to the Memphis Police Association about how to do business in the future.  Among the recommendations:

  • to document each disbursement, after $7,059 in of payments to Turner had no supporting documentation
  • the MPA be conscientious in managing money, after it paid Turner's thousand dollar cell phone bill and other officials charged $25,569 more than $25,000 for meals and beverages
  • the MPA has agreed to quit handling traffic tickets after it paid $4,826 in tickets for board members, their friends and family

New MPA president J.D Sewell says he can't argue with change.

"Most of them we had already implemented before they started there formal investigation, but we agreed with all the recommendations," he said.

The audit is complete, and the investigation is over, with no one else charged with any wrongdoing.

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