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Comptroller: Rutherford sheriff broke state laws with JailCigs business

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A newly-released investigative report by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office details problems discovered in the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.

The report repeats some of the same conclusions outlined in a federal indictment against Sheriff Robert Arnold, his administrative deputy Joe Russell, and Arnold’s uncle, John Vanderveer.


READ: Comptroller's full report on Rutherford County Sheriff's Office


Arnold and Russell are facing charges they profited from an undisclosed interest in JailCigs, a company the two co-own with Arnold’s uncle.  When questioned about his conflict of interest by the Comptroller’s Office, Arnold told them “The Sheriff is exempt from all policies and procedures,” the audit said.

The Comptroller’s Office expanded on the federal indictment, including elements that have been the subject of Channel 4 I-Team investigations.

Channel 4 investigations found Arnold circumvented purchasing procedures by entering into a contract for electronic tablets in the jail.

The audit also found a deputy made false statements on federal and state forms, and to auditors regarding his citizenship status.

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