Convicted felon signing off on Sevier Co. Jail invoices?

Sevier County (WVLT) Sevier County is considering an ethics complaint concerning a jailer in charge of food service signs off on invoices and is a convicted felon.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb has more.

Tyrone Paul Lintner was convicted in the 1990's for federal tax evasion dealing with the embezzlement of close to $800,000 dollars.

He then came to Sevier County and was convicted of embezzling nearly $50,000 dollars.

Now one woman is questioning why he's signing off on invoices at the jail, and what they're buying.

"If he's that smart. If he can do that with money. It scares me what he may have done to this county in five to ten years."

Serving as the food service supervisor in the Sevier county jail, Kim Pierce says she has concerns with Tyrone Paul Lintner and his position because he is a convicted embezzler.

Pierce says she began looking at county records and food invoices going to the jail.

"I just started looking and everything I turned over a rock I found something else."

And they all had something in common.

"When I started seeing his name on every invoice, it just raised a red flag with me."

But then she began seeing what he received for the jail.

Anything from medications, fruity smelling shampoos, and ribs.

Things Pierce feels most inmates do not get.

"You know, ice cream. It's just stuff to me, it's frivolous, it's waste."

But Pierce says her biggest concern is the freedom Lintner has, along with his power to sign invoices.

"I do know that he takes the van to Newport and goes and picks stuff up. There's no check and balance there. If he goes up and loads his van up he could unload half of it in the jail for all I know."

Sheriff Ron Seals says he is withholding comment pending the outcome of the ethics hearing.

Despite the ruling of the ethics commission, Pierce says she plans to take the information to a grand jury.

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  • by you Location: me on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    I don't know anything about this area but that lady just sounds like a hater. when you catch the dude, say something. but you haven't said what he has done. you've only said what he can do. like iraq may have wmds. and if he does, he may decide to attack the u.s. or one of its allies. so let's get them first. lol. great logic.
  • by amused Location: knox co. on Dec 19, 2007 at 08:37 PM
    I've been watching and observing these fiasco's in the county for a couple of months now. I am a former employee of the sevier county sheriffs dept., and know first hand the day to day happenings of the jail, and the escapades of Paul Litner. It has been stated that he is not in charge of inmates, and that he is a great guy..yada yada yada...the facts are as follows: he is in charge of the trustees and he does take them off of the property in his county supplied van. these are facts that can be confirmed by gaining access to the jail log books, which trace every entry and exit to the facility. it should not be forgotten, that "granny" the keeper of the books, documents everything. she names everyone that comes and goes out of that back door. that means the time of departure and arrival. anyone who is truly concerned, can see mr Litners "comings" and goings. the actual facts are hard to ignore...oops! forgot what county we're talking about. they will continue to be ignored.
  • by TERRI Location: GATLINBURG on Dec 18, 2007 at 08:09 PM
  • by will Location: knoxville on Dec 18, 2007 at 03:13 PM
    this lady needs to clean her own house up before she tries to clean up anything else.
  • by concerned taxpayer Location: Knoxville on Dec 18, 2007 at 03:08 PM
    I would like to know the qualifications of the people running for any office . When candicates start slaming others,they need to know they lose votes.
  • by Jeff. Co on Dec 18, 2007 at 12:54 PM
    Hey, It sounds like he has not paid his debt to society. If you look at some of the invoices that were shown on tv last night why would inmates be eating fruit trays and dip. What is up with the ribs? Since when does any jail not buy regular state ordered food. Where do they get this food from? Something just does not smell right. Who is telling Litner to get all of this food?
  • by EX CO Location: Sevierville on Dec 17, 2007 at 08:37 PM
    This news is old. Paul Linther has been working at the Jail since 2001 for late Sheriff Bruce Montgomery. Ronald Seals knows he is a convicted felon, Paul served a small amount of time in the Sevier county jail in 1999/2000 while Sheriff Ron Seals was the depety cheif of Jail operations and will not do anything about it and he is running for sheriff. There has been to much corruption in the SCSD in the jail. Anyone who will vote Ronald Seals in as a sheriff, is just as corrupt. And now the Ethics Commisson has a duty to investigate this. What will be the outcome? Who is responsable? The county mayor Larry Waters or the current sheriff Ron Seals, whom was appointed sheriff back earlier this year in March. Why is this man protected from the policies of the sheriff's department?
  • by Kevin Location: Lenoir City on Dec 17, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    Oh, so convicted felons aren't supposed to work a job, lets makem stay unemployed so they can do it again.Did he pay his debt for his crime ? If he did, then she can have all the bad feelings she can stand. When she has some evidence that he did something wrong, take it to the Attorney General. Him signing and invoice is much different than him writing a check, because governments work off of a purchase order system, and a delivery signature doesn't mean diddly. Smells like sour grapes to me.


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