Clarkesville embezzlement should be a warning to all supervisors
CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) How does an employee get away with stealing more than $47,000 from his employer?
The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office explains how one suspect did it.
Tony Hams was a materials management tech for Clarksville Gas and Water.
Their audit found that Hams siphoned off more than $47,000 over a five year period.
The report says he used a utility purchasing card to do it.
He used the company card to buy children’s clothing, sunglasses, health and beauty products, even a bow and arrow set, all for himself.
Auditors say he then would make up invoices and requisition forms and even logged fictitious items into the inventory records.
But it all unraveled this year.
Hams was fired in January and indicted last week on charges of theft, official misconduct and forgery.
“This theft was allowed to continue for several years because Mr. Hams was responsible for both ordering and receiving inventory items,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “It is important that supervisors carefully scrutinize invoices and verify that all items that are ordered and received are for legitimate business purposes.”