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Greenbrier Mayor Charged With Toys For Tots Theft

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GREENBRIER, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested the mayor of Greenbrier Monday after he was indicted for stealing from the Toys for Tots charity he founded several years ago.

Billy Eugene Wilson, 56, was arrested at the Greenbrier City Hall around 1:15 p.m. Monday after he was indicted by the Robertson County grand jury on Friday.

Wilson, who is also volunteer fire chief, was charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of theft over $60,000 for allegedly taking money for personal benefit from the Greenbrier Toys for Tots Charity.

According to the TBI, Wilson took money from the charity to pay his personal expenses between November 2005 and October 2013.

The investigation into allegations that Wilson also misused city funds is still continuing.

Wilson was booked into the Robertson County jail on $5,000 bond. He was released a few hours later. He did not want to comment on the situation.

City officials said it has been "business as usual" at city hall after Wilson's arrest.

"I've been doing damage control at the city and trying to make sure everything moves on with the city," said Tommy Maitland, City Superintendent. "It has not processed with me yet. That is the easiest way I can say that."

The Greenbrier Board of Mayor and Alderman met Monday at city hall for their regularly scheduled meeting. The issue was not discussed.

Officials running the Toys for Tots charity are also trying to move forward.

The Greenridge Civitan group has taken over leadership of the program. The program helps needy families in both the Greenbrier and Ridgetop communities.

The president of the group said they are still accepting donations, and are hoping to help as many families as they can this holiday season.

"We will gladly take any help we can get," said Ann Mayes, president of the Greenridge Civitans. "As far as donations, we've had a lot of people offer to do shopping, which is great because we're going to have a lot of shopping to do. We mainly need donations to help these children."

Donations of clothing, food and toys will be accepted through December 15. Donations can be dropped off at the Greenbrier Fire Department or the Ridgetop Police Department. Cash donations will also be accepted at various businesses in the area.

For more information, call the Toys for Tots hotline at (615) 418-9672.

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