Clarksville-Montgomery County School System maintenance employee indicted for theft

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jan 03, 2019

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A for maintenance employee with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has been indicted after an investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office.

Shay Patterson was indicted by the Montgomery County Grand Jury on one count of theft over $1,000, and one count of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

It was determined by investigators that Patterson stole at least $1,750 from the school system between March 2018 and May 2018. Patterson is said to have made personal purchases with his school system-issued procurement card. Among these purchases were materials for a private remodeling project, fuel, cigarettes, personal auto insurance and a driver license renewal.

Patterson also allegedly used the school system's tax-exempt status while purchasing the above-mentioned remodeling supplies and was therefore not charged sales tax on that specific purchase.

In May 2018, Patterson came forward and paid a total of $1,750 to the school system, admitting to the Comptroller investigators that he has used the procurement card as a temporary loan when he was having financial issues. His employment was then terminated on May 17, 2018.