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Greenbrier mayor indicted on alleged donation thefts

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Billy Wilson (Photo from TBI) Billy Wilson (Photo from TBI)
GREENBRIER, TN (WSMV) -

Greenbrier Mayor Billy Wilson was arrested Monday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation following a grand jury indictment over alleged theft from the local Toys for Tots charity.

Wilson, 56, was booked into the Robertson County Jail on $5,000 bond.

The mayor, who is also the city's fire chief, is accused of stealing Toys for Tots donations and using the money for himself.

Wilson was indicted by the Robertson County grand jury on one count of official misconduct and one count of theft over $60,000.

The TBI said it continues its investigation into allegations that Wilson also misused city funds.

For some in Greenbrier, it's hard to believe a man so involved in the community would do such wrong.

"Billy's a great guy; he's done a lot of good for this community. I don't know what happened, but, you know, eventually, it will come out," said Ray Jones, a Greenbrier resident.

That good includes Wilson's efforts to lead the Greenbrier Toys for Tots charity.

Wilson allegedly knew the TBI had an eye on him, but investigators say he stole money right up until just a few days ago to pay for his personal expenses.

Greenbrier Superintendent Tommy Maitland says Wilson showed up for work Monday morning like nothing was wrong.

"I found out at 1:10 when the TBI showed up ... They come into the office, I left the office, and then they escorted Mayor Wilson to the car," Maitland said.

Wilson remains mayor, but the vice mayor led Monday night's council meeting.

In a recent news release, Wilson said he regretted the shadow it put on the Greenbrier Toys for Tots program. He says another group in the community will take over the program.

The Greenbrier Toys for Tots program is not affiliated with the U.S. Marine Corps program or sponsored by the city. This version of Toys for Tots was founded by Wilson.

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