Dandridge resident indicted on theft of public funds

10726703_4652258319892_1205588597_nBy Sharry Dedman-Beard

A federal grand jury in Knoxville returned a three-count indictment on Dec. 16, 2014 against Sarah Parker, 52, of Dandridge, Tenn. for theft of U.S. government property and money laundering. Parker appeared in court on Dec. 18, 2014 before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley, Jr. and pleaded not guilty to the charges in the indictment. She was released pending trial, which has been set for Feb. 17, 2015 in U.S. District Court, Knoxville.

The indictment alleges that Parker, who was employed as a Security Protective Officer with Wackenhut Services Inc. at the ETTP facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., converted $214,022.59 to personal use in the form of checks that came into her possession as a result of her employment. The indictment further alleges that Parker illegally engaged in financial transactions with those funds, including the purchase of a vehicle for $39,608.97 and payment of $74,327.12 to Bank of America.

If convicted, Parker faces a term of 10 years in prison for each count. The indictment also states that Parker, upon conviction, may be required to forfeit any property that is traceable to the alleged offenses.

This indictment is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank M. Dale, Jr. will represent the United States.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until their guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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