Bookkeeping questioned at Memphis Police Association - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Bookkeeping questioned at Memphis Police Association

Action News 5 has learned the Memphis Police Association could be in serious financial trouble.  Officers say the association's bookkeeping has come into question, and the problem is so serious, state investigators have stepped in.

In a recent issue of the Memphis Police Association newsletter, union president Gene Hulley wrote "service to our members will not be jeopardized".  But Thursday, it was revealed that police association finances are in serious jeopardy.  An investigation is underway, and the union's longtime treasurer has William Robbins resigned.

Officers who were called to an emergency meeting Wednesday night tell Action News Five that union funds have been mismanaged in a number of ways.  Union issued credit cards are missing.  Bills weren't being paid on time.  Meeting attendees say questions were raised about the mishandling of union issued checks and expense reimbursements. 

Action News 5 visited the Memphis Police Association's offices Thursday morning.  They responded with the following written statement:

"After a month long internal investigation of financial records of the Memphis Police Association, the MPA Board of Directors has unanimously voted to request the Tennessee State Comptroller to formally conduct a detailed investigation and examination of the financial records of the organization."

Sources tell Action News 5 they were told the alleged wrongdoing dates back to when the association was under the leadership of former president Tommy Turner.  As of the time this story was posted, Turner had not returned calls from Action News 5.

Union members pay about $500 dollars in dues each year.  They weren't told exactly how much money has been mismanaged.  It's now up to state investigators to audit the books and provide those answers.

The Association has appointed an interim secretary/treasurer and a five member financial oversight committee.

But in the meantime, officers want to know if their union is broke and if the financial blow will force it to dissolve.

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