Tennessee

Money meant for undercover drug ops goes to ladies’ golf instead

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee gave confidential sums of money earmarked for undercover drug buys to the Ladies Golf Association and the American Legion Youth Program.

The transfers, budget deficits, cash overdrafts and a failure to follow county policies were among the findings of an audit of  Lewis County state Comptroller Justin Wilson released this week.

County Mayor Bill Webb, who took office last month after his election in August, told Tennessee Watchdog Thursday the problems outlined in the audit occurred during the administration of former mayor Van Ward.

When Watchdog called a published number for Ward’s Hohenwald home Thursday, a recording said the number had been disconnected.

Wilson’s audit admonished the Sheriff’s Department for its handling of the confidential drug enforcement funds

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