Crimetracker: Comptroller: Worker bought $12k in weapons on city card

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ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A former Rockwood employee spent more than $32,000 on a city credit card over the past three years, including more than $12,000 on guns, ammunition, and firearm accessories, the state comptroller's office said.

According to a report released on Wednesday, Tom Pierce charged at least 11 guns, including a tactical shotgun, a .308 rifle, a .44 caliber revolver, and two 9 mm pistols. All of the guns were registered to Pierce personally, the report said. He also bought holsters, scopes, sights, and ammunition.

“It is unacceptable for people in positions of public trust to abuse that trust at the expense of local taxpayers,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “I commend our investigators for helping to bring these issues to light. I also want to thank the district attorney and his staff for the work they have done on this case.”

Pierce also bought more than $7,000 worth of clothing and nearly $5,700 worth of camera equipment, including two Olympus cameras worth over $1,200 each, and over $4,000 worth of online courses. The report pointed out the city already several inexpensive digital cameras that were made available to various employees. It also listed other charges totaling $3,675.

A Roane Co. Grand Jury has indicted Pierce on seven counts of theft, fraud, and misconduct.

Both the city's mayor and former mayor denied having any knowledge of the purchases.