(02/17/2012)
State Police are investigating alleged misappropriations from the Roane County Sheriff's Office by a former chief tax deputy, who had worked in the office for 20 years under four sheriffs.

Spencer Newspapers is reporting this week that Pat Dougherty resigned from the position last month, reportedly when discrepancies surfaced.

The paper says Spencer attorney Anita Ashley had submitted a check for $20,847.72 to the Roane Commission related to the problem.

Prosecutor Josh Downey told Spencer Newspapers, without naming Dougherty, that an employee had come forward regarding the missing money.

Cpl. J. A. Bowles of the Grantsville Detachment is leading the investigation, because sheriff's department officials have a relationship with State Police in Roane County.

Prosecutor Downey has recused himself from the case, and Leslie Maze of Wirt County has been appointed.

So far, no charges have been issued.


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