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Stolen money paid back to MJ senior center; charges dropped

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All charges have been dropped against a former Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center employee fired for alleged "mishandling of funds" last month, according to the executive director on Monday.

Last week the center's Executive Director Linda McClanahan sent out a release that said on Oct. 29 there was a special board meeting to "address an unfortunate incident of the mishandling of funds."

In an interview she said the employee was terminated and "immediate steps taken to cover the funds."

This week McClanahan said the employee has paid all funds back and the center has dropped all charges.

Mt. Juliet Police Department Sgt. Tyler Chandler confirmed this Tuesday morning. He said the department had been investigating the case.

"However, the Senior Center has refused prosecution," he said. "We have now closed the case and there is no further investigation by our department."

Chandler went on to say the center had "reached an agreement with the alleged offender."

McClanahan said the incident came as "a blow to everyone at the center." She indicated the alleged offender was well loved by those at the center and wrote a letter of apology with some comments McClanahan chose not to share.

She said the auditor has made recommendations they will follow.

"We are very careful and the finance committee followed all procedures," McClanahan said. "The auditor said there was really nothing more we could have done."

She said there are nine people on that committee. The center never released particulars about the alleged incident as far as how it happened and the amount allegedly stolen. Chandler said he did not want to release the report because all charges have been dropped.

On a lighter note, McClanahan shared their latest spaghetti dinner fundraiser garnered more than $6,000 with more than 600 diners.

Writer Laurie Everett may be contacted at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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