- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

GADSDEN, Tenn. (AP) - An audit by the state comptroller’s office found the former mayor and fire chief of Gadsden used town money to buy clothing, computers, gasoline, cigarettes and other goods for his personal use.

According to a news release from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, investigators found the town had a cash shortage of more than $35,000 between April 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2013. The former mayor and fire chief also was responsible for another $40,000 in questionable purchases, the audit found.

Investigators have reviewed their findings with the district attorney general.

Gadsden’s current mayor and board of aldermen say they are taking steps to improve controls and prevent future problems.

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