Investigation launches into money missing from Lauderdale Sheriff's Dept

(WMC-TV) – Taxpayer dollars are missing from Lauderdale County and now a district attorney is calling for an investigation into the missing funds.

Investigators are working to get to the bottom of the missing money mystery, in hopes of charging whoever is responsible.

"I was alerted by Sheriff Sanders of some missing funds from his department," said District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

Now, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department is under investigation. The district attorney is asking that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the state controller's office get involved.

"The sheriff's office is involved as an agency, and in this case, as a victim," said Dunavant. "We want to make sure we have an independent agency conducting the investigation to make sure it's objective and thorough."

Dunavant said the TBI will handle the criminal investigation.

"They'll be the lead criminal investigation agency conducting the investigation into who's responsible for perhaps any cash that might be missing," said Dunavant.

The state controller's office will do an investigative audit.

"The Comptroller of the Treasury Division of County Audit is responsible in an annual basis for conducting a review of the bookkeeping, financial transactions, the budget and other revenues and expenditures of the sheriff's department," Dunavant explained.

He would not say how much money is missing and the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department declined to comment on the investigation.

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