Deputy clerk arrested in connection with theft
A former Franklin County Circuit Court deputy clerk is free on $5,000 bond, following her arrest last week on theft charges, stemming from a State Comptroller investigation.
Jennifer K. Hopkins – Indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jurv for theft of property of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000.
Jennifer K. Hopkins, 26, 588 Water Tank Road, Winchester, was arrested on May 6 after being indicted by a Franklin County Grand Jurv for theft of property of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000.
She is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on Thursday.
The State Comptroller’s Division of Investigations released investigation fi ndings on Dec. 19, 2013, that had determined a Franklin County deputy court clerk had failed to deposit $3,046.25 in a local bank.
No charges had been filed at the time, and authorities declined to identify the suspect.
However, documents received from the State Comptrollers offi ce showed a deputy clerk was fired after the missing funds were discovered.
Franklin County Circuit Court Clerk Robert Baggett had provided his assessment about the situation, just after the Comptroller’s findings were released.
“Its unfortunate that this incident has occurred,” Baggett had said.
He had said that as soon as he was made aware of the discrepancy, he conducted an internal investigation and identified an employee of interest.
“I immediately notified the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Division of Investigation, the Attorney General and requested an investigation,” he had said. “The employee of interest has since been terminated from employment from my office.”
The investigation found the former clerk had allegedly diverted cash collections and delayed making deposits to the bank account.
“I am fortunate that the segregation of duties that I have in place contributed to identifying this discrepancy in an expeditious manner,” Baggett had said.
Officials had said the office procedures have been changed to prevent future problems.
“Every effort is being made to ensure that money received in this office is protected, secure and distributed in accordance with the duties of this office,” Baggett said. “It is my hope that enhanced policies and procedures will strengthen the integrity and reinforce the level of confidence that the citizens of Franklin County and the State of Tennessee have in this office.
“Activities of this nature will not be tolerated, and every effort is being made to recover the shortage.”