Chief Investigative Reporter

Jeremy Finley is the News4 I-Team's Chief Investigative Reporter. He has won multiple Midsouth Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Derrick Tibbs, Democratic staffer who resigned Monday

Derrick Tibbs is accused of writing checks to himself and cashing them from a taxpayer-funded account.

A staffer that assisted in financial payments from the House Democratic Caucus has resigned after being accused of writing an unknown number of checks to himself and cashing them.

Rep. Karen Camper, D-Memphis, confirmed to the News4 I-Team that her longtime staffer, Derrick Tibbs, resigned on Monday morning.

"He just called me and said, 'Representative Camper, I just think it's best that I resign. And just make restitution because you know I put you in a bad situation,'" Camper said.

Camper said Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, alerted her late last week with questions about checks that had been written to Tibbs.

Two signatures are requested on such checks: one from a lawmaker, the other from the House Caucus treasurer.

Stewart said he found his signature on checks payable to Tibbs.

"I certainly did not sign any of these checks," Stewart said.

Stewart estimates Tibbs wrote checks to himself worth at least three thousand dollars.

Stewart said once the internal investigation is complete, and if Tibbs is found to have committed a crime, he should be charged.

Tibbs did not respond to multiple calls and texts from the News4 I-Team.

The News4 I-Team called two different numbers for Tibbs but has yet to hear from him.

Camper said it is unclear how many checks were written and for what amount.

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