Probe: Ex-utility worker spent $5K on purses, other items

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A state investigation has found that a former Tennessee utility worker spent more than $5,400 of the utility’s money on purses, headphones and other items.

According to a Tennessee Comptroller’s Office news release Tuesday, the investigation found that the former information technology clerk spent the City of Cleveland Utilities’ money from September 2017 through April 2018.

The probe found that the woman used utility money to buy at least 92 items for personal use, including women’s purses, travel bags, and wallets, earphones, headphones, wireless speakers and woodworking tools.

The comptroller’s office says the matter was referred to local prosecutors. The former employee was not named in the report.

In the report, City of Cleveland Utilities officials say they have corrected or will correct deficiencies that contributed to the problem.