- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a man to 30 days in jail for drawing a paycheck from the Knox County Trustee’s Office without doing any work.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword on Friday sentenced Delbert Morgan to eight years for theft that totaled $200,000. The News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1Mkfwij ) Morgan will be on probation for the rest of the sentence.

Jurors in August spent more than seven hours deliberating before convicting Morgan, 58, of felony theft.

Morgan was accused of stealing $200,000 by collecting pay and benefits he did not earn. Prosecutors alleged he was a ghost employee put on the payroll by his college friend, former trustee Mike Lowe, as a favor.

Morgan’s attorney said Morgan would probably not file an appeal.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com


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