(WMC-TV) - A former Shelby County Chancery Court Clerk's Office employee accused of embezzlement has pleaded guilty.
Brandon Gunn pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of embezzlement, conspiracy and money-laundering. U.S. Attorney Edward announced the plea at a press conference.
Gunn worked for Shelby County for six years, but resigned in April after FBI agents started asking him about missing funds owed to people who lost their homes in tax sales.
The investigation started when a citizen complained. That complaint led to the discovery of 40 suspicious checks written over three years that were tied to a company Gunn set up.
A Shelby County Audits and Ethics investigation concluded Gunn wrote $1.1 million in checks to his personal business account from the court's tax delinquent surplus fund.
"He also had the unmitigated gall to continue to steal from this account and try to conceal this conduct even after earlier this year this selfish scheme was discovered," Stanton said.
Gunn avoided a grand jury indictment by pleading guilty. According to Stanton, Gunn had at least one co-conspirator, and investigators know who that person is. But, Stanton would not say why that person has not been arrested.
Stanton said Gunn used the money he embezzled to live a lavish lifestyle.
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