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Tamatha (Tammy) Byrum, of Mt. Juliet, has been charged by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation with embezzling some $550,000 from a Lebanon businessman while she served as an accountant and officer in the business he owned. She was arrested by local authorities Wednesday.          According to Steve Guynn, who now owns Sherlock’s Book Emporium, Byrum “stole” some $500,000 from a software computer business he started in 1981 and owned up until 2006.           Guynn said Byrum worked for him for about 12 years starting out as a receptionist, then as an accountant and eventually became president of the company.           He said the investigation by the TBI has been ongoing for almost three years.

TBI began its investigation in February on a request from the District Attorney’s office, said Kristen Helm, public information officer.

Byrum was arrested on Wednesday by Special Agent Chet Mason with the TBI and booked into the Wilson County Jail.

Byrum was charged with three counts of theft over $60,000, one count of theft over $10,000, seven counts of forgery and seven counts of passing a forged instrument.

She was released from custody after posting a bond of $15,000. She is to appear in court on Thursday, Nov. 19.           

Byrum and her husband, Michael, who has not been charged in the investigation, were featured in the media last year as being the lucky winners of a Tennessee lottery ticket worth $800,000.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley contributed to this article. He may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

CEO Sam Hatcher may be contacted at shatcher@wilsonpost.com.

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