- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NEW MARKET, Tenn. (AP) - An audit alleges that the former New Market town recorder took more than $38,000 from the city.

The state comptroller’s office says Melissa Parker withdrew a certificate of deposit valued at $25,009 from the town’s account and converted the money to cashier’s checks for her husband.

The comptroller says she then fabricated invoices and meeting minutes to make it look like the money was used to pay for repair work her husband performed on city vehicles.

The investigation also charges that Parker issued more than $13,000 in unauthorized payroll checks to herself and deleted the computerized accounting records.

Parker told investigators that at least some of the funds were used on an unsuccessful personal business venture.

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Parker on theft over $10,000 and official misconduct.

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